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Outcrop is a geological term referring to the appearance of bedrock exposed at the surface of the Earth. In most places the underlying bedrock is covered by a mantle of soil and vegetation and cannot be seen or examined closely. However irregularities in the earth's surface will frequently form outcrops of bedrock. This will happen most frequently in ares where erosion is rapid and exceeds the weathering rate such as on steep hillsides. Bedrock is the native consolidated rock underlying the Earths surface. ... For the heavy metal band see Soil (band) Soil is unconsolidated rock particle that lies on the surface of the earth, supporting the growth of plants, and serving as a habitat for animal life from microorganisms to small animals. ... Look up Erosion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Severe soil erosion in a wheat field near Washington State University, USA. Erosion is the displacement of solids (soil, mud, rock, and so forth) by the agents of wind, water, ice, movement in response to gravity, or living organisms (in the case... Weathering is the process of decomposition and/or disintegration of rocks in situ, that is, in place. ...

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Outcrop Explorations Limited, a private company,was incorporated in 1983 by R.A. (Ron) Gilson, the great nephew of Fred Larose, one of the founding fathers of the Historical Cobalt Camp of Ontario, Canada.
Shirley Gilson, Outcrop’s Secretary-Treasurer-Director was likewise born and raised in the Cobalt Camp.
In 1983, Outcrop was incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario and began exploration and the accumulation of ground in the Cobalt Camp.
Evidence of Water Found on Mars :: Astrobiology Magazine :: Search for Life in the Universe (1912 words)
While the outcrop was "definitively" altered by water percolating through it, he said, scientists are still not certain whether water played a role in its initial formation.
There is speculation among some members of the science team that the entire rock outcrop is a stack of evaporitic salts that were deposited as an ancient sea or lake dried up.
It the outcrop were, indeed, found to be an evaporitic column, the implication would be far-reaching.
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