The infrared spectrum shows that Tornasuk exhibits a greater abundance of water ice compared with the surrounding region. This may be due to impact excavation revealing a more ice-rich subsurface and suggesting that the darker material is a relatively thin surface covering. This covering could be either impact debris material or a lag deposit of existing material from which the ice has evaporated away.
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