Sunday, November 24, 2013

Intersection of Fractures in Echus Chasma

In this image, we see an intersection of several fractures on the floor of Echus Chasma. One "sector" appears to have been filled by a more recent viscous lava flow.

Echus Chasma is considered to be the water source region that formed Kasei Valles, a large valley that extends thousands of kilometers to the north. HiRISE may help determine the relative roles of lava and water in the region.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Note: For more information, see PIA17704: Martian Intersection.

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