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halite in Monahans

>> The most likely origin for the halite is brines,

>   I got to thinking about where such aqueous alteration might occur.    The
>only place that I know of in the solar system that has salt water that halite
>might precipitate out of is the Earth.   Then the September issue of
>magazine came in the mail...much to my suprize,  on page 32 is an artical
>describing how the've found evidance of salt deposits on Europa!  

When I posted a summation of these abstracts, I edited them considerably.
Gibson, et. al., said in full:
"The most likely paragenesis for the halite is from asteroidal brines.  If
this origin is correct, then fluid inclusions may be present within the
salt crystals."
Peter Abrahams   telscope@europa.com
the history of the telescope, the microscope,
    and the prism binocular

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