Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The Medusae Fossae Formation is a voluminous deposit of fine-grained material stretching across thousands of kilometers along the Martian equator. Thought to be either an ignimbrite deposit or a volcanic ash sheet, the deposit represents one of the most enigmatic and unusual geological formations on Mars. This seminar will discuss the history of explosive volcanism on Mars and then focus in on the Medusae Fossae Formation, how it may have been formed, how it has been modified since its formation, and how it could serve as a scientific and industrial resource for future human missions to Mars.