Final Announcement — September 2006


Lunar and Planetary Institute,
Curation and Analysis Planning
   Team for Extraterrestrial
   Materials (CAPTEM),
NASA Mars Data
   Analysis Program,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Jim Papike,
   University of New

Brad Jolliff,
   Washington University
   in St. Louis

Virgil Lueth,
   New Mexico Institute of
   Mining and Technology

Douglas Ming,
   NASA Johnson Space Center
John Mustard,
   Brown University
Clive Neal,
   University of Notre Dame
Chip Shearer,
   University of New

Allan Treiman,
   Lunar and Planetary

Dave Vaniman,
   Los Alamos National



  The Workshop on Martian Sulfates as Recorders of Atmospheric-Fluid-Rock Interactions will be held October 22–24, 2006, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), housed in the Center for Advanced Space Studies at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, Texas.


Date:  October 22–24, 2006
Location:  Houston, TX


  Sulfate compounds are abundant at the martian surface — as first discovered by the Viking landers and now convincingly proven by instruments on current rovers and orbiter spacecraft. By analogies with terrestrial systems, the martian sulfates can provide crucial clues about present and past environments on Mars, including the source of sulfate (weathering, magmatic gas), fluid compositions during sulfate transport (pH, oxygen fugacity, etc.), the timing of sulfate deposition and mobility, atmospheric evolution, the martian sulfur cycle in relation to biotic potential, and the possibilities of ore deposits to support human habitation.

This workshop will focus on understanding how to interpret martian sulfate minerals in the larger pictures of Mars: its present surface environment, its geological and chemical histories, and the targets for its future exploration. The workshop will bring together researchers from all relevant disciplines: orbital and landed Mars missions, martian meteorites, terrestrial analogs and their microbiology, spectroscopic and chemical characterization, and laboratory experiments and analyses. Through invited talks, contributed talks, posters, and abundant discussion, attendees will learn the scope of knowledge about martian sulfate minerals and how the minerals might be used to reveal the history and chemistry of Mars.




  The workshop will begin Sunday evening, October 22, with a registration reception and poster session. Four oral presentation sessions with both invited and contributed talks will be held on Monday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 24. Considerable time will be available for discussion.

A preliminary program with abstracts is now available.

Sunday, October 22
5:30 p.m.Registration reception
6:00–8:00 p.m.Poster session
Monday, October 23
8:30 a.m.Technical session: "Characterization of Sulfate Deposits on the Surface of Mars from Orbital Data, Past, Present, and Future"
12:30 p.m.Lunch at LPI
1:30 p.m.Technical session: "Sulfate Characterization Accomplished by Early Surface Missions, by MER, and Planned for Phoenix and MSL"
Tuesday, October 24
8:30 a.m.Technical session: "Recent Advances in the Study of Terrestrial Acid Sulfate Minerals"
12:30 p.m.Lunch at LPI
1:30 p.m.Technical session: "Analytical, Experimental, and Theoretical Studies of Martian Sulfate Relevant Systems"


Poster session:  Sunday evening
Oral sessions:  Monday and Tuesday


  Keynote presentations will be scheduled to allow 20 or 30 minutes for speaking. Invited and contributed oral presentations will be scheduled to allow 15 minutes for speaking. Discussion time will be decided in real time by the session chairs. Audio-visual equipment available will include an LCD projector and a PC laptop. All electronic presentations must follow workshop guidelines as detailed in the instructions for electronic presentations.


Speakers:  Instructions for presentations


  Authors must be present to discuss their posters at the scheduled session on Sunday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. Posters will remain on display throughout the workshop. Each poster display space is 44" × 44". Two presenters will share one side of one panel, so it is important that displays are confined to the 44" × 44" limit. Posters should be designed to attach to the panel with push pins.


Poster size limit:  44" × 44"


  A fee of $150.00 ($100.00 for students) will be assessed each participant to cover workshop services including a poster and registration reception on Sunday and morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunches on Monday and Tuesday. You must preregister and prepay by September 25, 2006, to avoid a $25.00 late fee. Please return the downloadable registration form with your payment or use the electronic registration form if paying by credit card. Foreign participants who state on the registration form that they have difficulty with currency exchanges may pay in cash at the meeting (and avoid a $25.00 late fee) if they submit the form by September 25. Cancellations with requests for refunds will be accepted through October 6, 2006. A $25.00 processing fee will be charged on all cancellations.


Preregistration deadline:  September 25, 2006
   Professional –  $150.00
   Student –  $100.00


  Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel reservations. For your convenience, a list of local hotels and a local area map showing their locations is provided.




  For information regarding the scientific objectives of the meeting, contact

    University of New Mexico
    Institute of Meteoritics
    Phone: 505-277-1646
    E-mail: [email protected]

For information regarding meeting logistics, contact

    Lunar and Planetary Institute
    Phone: 281-486-2164
    E-mail: [email protected]


September 25, 2006Deadline for preregistration at the reduced rate
October 22–24, 2006Workshop on Martian Sulfates as Recorders of
Atmospheric-Fluid-Rock Interactions

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