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Oxia Planum is a plain located on Mars (near ) that has been chosen as a preferred landing location for the ExoMars rover, with an elevation more than 3000 metres below the Martian mean.
Oxia Planum contains one of the largest exposures of clay-bearing rocks and are around 3.9 billion years old. The site is iron-magnesium rich clays, indicating that water once played a role here. The site sits in an area of valley systems with the exposed rocks exhibiting different compositions, indicating a variety of deposition and wetting environments.
Clay accumulation underneath the remnants of a fan or delta near the outlet of Coogoon Vallis may offer preservation for biosignatures against the planet's harsh radiation and oxidation environment.
- Geography of Mars
- List of plains on Mars
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- ESA mission updates. Emily Lakdawalla; 5 November 2015.
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- Staff (October 1, 2014). "Possible Future Mars Landing Site in Oxia Planum - High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment". The University of Arizona. http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_037070_1985. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- Google Mars zoomable map – centered on the Oxia area
- High resolution images of the Oxia Planum
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