Paper No. 166-9
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
MINERALOGY OF RONGO QUANDRANGLE ON CERES
After more than one year orbit around Ceres, Dawn spacecraft covered large part of its surface, allowing for a global mineralogical mapping of the entire surface. For mapping purposes, likewise for Vesta, also Ceres’ surface has been divided in 15 quadrangles. Here we describe the quadrangle Ac-H-10 Rongo located in the equatorial region (288°-360°E, 22S-22N) of Ceres. VIR, the visible and infrared spectrometer onboard Dawn, acquired data at different spatial resolutions, allowing for identify the various mineralogical phases characteristic of Ceres surface, at global and local scale [1,2]. Ceres spectra present several bands in the spectral region between 2.5 and 4-µm. Spectral parameters retrieved by VIR data indicate a widespread distribution of NH4-phillosilicates, and OH-rich clays . Rongo quadrangle contains about five gelogical units , not always associated with mineralogical variations. The depth of the 3.1-µm band, due to the presence of NH4–Phyllosicates, is quite homogeneous except for some localized regions in which this band appear shallower, and a similar trend is observed for the OH-singnature at 2.7-µm. The dominant feature of this quadrangle is Ahuna Mons, a unique case on Ceres . Ahuna Mons is the largest mountain of the dwarf planet, and conversely to other geological units, shows a spectral parmeters variation with respect to other areas, linked to mineralogical differences.
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