The "Hershey's kiss" berries in this MI view are not only conical, the cones are slightly faceted. However, I still have a hard time believing that this is due to aeolian erosion.
My main objection to this being aeolian erosion is that, if these kisses are hematitic concretions that have been eroded out of evaporite from Victoria ejecta, they ought to have been emplaced on the surface (and thus exposed to winds) *after* some, if not most, of the blueberries out on the plains. All other things being equal, the berries on the plains, having been exposed to winds for a longer period of time, ought to display a greater degree of erosional faceting.
They don't. In fact, the blueberries seen in the soils out on the plains (and in both Eagle and Endurance, for that matter) were remarkably spherical. I don't remember seeing a single concretion, up until this last series of MIs in the Victoria ejecta, which displayed obvious ventifact forms. These are the very first examples of this type of morphology in the blueberries (if that's what they are) that I can recall.
Of course, the key to the above statement is "all other things being equal." If these are acutally hematitic concretions, they would seem to have eroded out of Victoria ejecta made up of concretion-bearing evaporite, correct? But evaporite emplaced this close to the rim of a crater this big must have been awfully shocked. What do berries which erode out of *highly shocked* evaporite look like? Maybe they look like Hershey's kisses...
One thing bothers me, though. We're only 120 meters away from the rim of a crater that was created in an enormous translation of kinetic energy into thermal energy. It was big enough to dig a crater that was, originally, probably at least a half a kilometer wide and several hundred meters deep.
I have a hard time imagining how the ejecta emplaced only a couple of hundred meters, at most, away from the edge of the hole made by this powerful explosion could have been so relatively unaltered that it would look even remotely like the evaporite we saw out on the plains. If, in fact, these berries are hematitic concretions which formed exactly the same way those out on the plains formed, and if they were originally formed in the target rock into which the Victoria impactor struck, why have so many of them survived seemingly intact (if mysteriously eroded into little cones)?
And if the "kisses" are the same size as the concretions we saw out on the plains, then what are the mostly spherical bodies which, except for size, closely resemble the mostly-spherical plains berries? Are these also concretions? If so, why are they fairly uniform in size but only a fraction the size of the plains concretions? And if the kisses and smaller, rounder bodies are both concretions, why do they both exist? We're not seeing spectrum of sizes, here, that would suggest the result of erosional or shock processes -- we're seeing a small population of kisses, and much larger population of fairly uniformly-sized smaller, rounded bodies. Such a neat division of populations suggests differences not in erosional processes, but in formative processes. And in composition. In other words, I think it makes more sense to assume that the kisses and the small spheres have different compositions and/or formation histories.
Ah, but if only one of these two populations is made up of hematitic concretions, which one is it? Perhaps there is a clue in this most recent MI image -- there is a feature in the dust "above" the rock face that looks rather like a worm. But this 'worm' is exactly the same size, in planform, as the small spheres. It resembles the small spheres in almost all respects, except that it is a drawn-out blob instead of a spherical blob.
Perhaps this would suggest that it is the small spheres that were once molten? I can visualize a spray of impact melt droplets solidifying into spheres in the very thin air as they flew out of the crater (not enough air pressure to compress them into teardrop shapes), and that while most of them fell as individual, rounded drops, some of them would hit each other in mid-air and form into, among other forms, chains of drops that ended up looking like tiny little worm-forms.
In other words, could the small spheres be the impact melt we've been looking for?
One last thing -- this all assumes that the annulus we see around Victoria is primarily the erosional remnants of her ejecta blanket. However, if Victoria is indeed a once-covered-over crater that has been (or is being) exhumed, then the soil we're looking at maybe doesn't incorporate much at all from the original ejecta. Maybe we're just looking at the erosional remnants of the materials that covered Victoria, and its actual ejecta blanket is still buried and inaccessible to our eyes? Of course, if that's the case, you would expect these soils to look exactly like any other patch of blueberry-paving in Meridiani, and it most definitely looks different from the plains soils. So I tend to discard the once-buried-now-exhumed crater theory. (Besides, it looks like a sharp, fresh crater -- most of the exhumed craters I've seen on Mars look far older and more eroded than this.)
Well, that's my two cents worth, anyway...
-the other Doug