Spectral investigation of quadrangle AC-H 3 of the dwarf planet Ceres – The region of impact crater Dantu

K. Stephan, R. Jaumann, F. Zambon, F. G. Carrozzo, M. C. De Sanctis, F. Tosi, A. Longobardo, E. Palomba, E. Ammannito, L. A. McFadden, K. Krohn, David Williams, A. Raponi, M. Ciarnello, J. P. Combe, A. Frigeri, T. Roatsch, K. D. Matz, F. Preusker, C. A. RaymondC. T. Russell

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Mapping Ceres’ surface composition in the Dantu region, located between 21°–66°N and 90°–180°E, offers the unique possibility to investigate changes in the surface composition related to different stratigraphic levels of Ceres’ crust. Dantu is located in a huge depression named Vendimia Planitia, which possibly represents a completely degraded impact basin formed in the beginning of Ceres’ geological history. Most parts of this depression are characterized by strong phyllosilicate absorptions, which are stronger than elsewhere on Ceres’ surface. This spectral signature possibly is related to the material emplaced at the time of the Vendimia impact event excavating material from deeper regions of Ceres’ crust. Subsequent impacts in this basin reach far deeper into Ceres’ crust than any impact events outside of Vendemia Planitia, which could explain the spectral signature of Dantu, possibly pointing to a higher concentration of ammonium-bearing phyllosilicates in Ceres’ deeper crust. Spectral differences with respect to the small fresh craters on Dantu's floor are probably related to grain size effects causing a bluish visible slope as observed by fresh impact craters on other places on Ceres. The local enrichment of carbonates in the Dantu area could also be associated with the impact event and may have been formed by additional impact-triggered and/or post-impact alteration processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Jan 15 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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