Layers in Ganges Chasma

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

These layered deposits are located on the floor of a large canyon called Ganges Chasma which is a part of the Valles Marineris. Dramatic layering can be seen throughout the deposit. Different styles of erosion are manifest in these different layers and at different locations within the layered material. For example, the southern portion of these deposits have a pronounced fluting, whereas in other areas the same layers are more intact. Relatively dark dunes and sand sheets can be observed surrounding the relatively brighter layered material in the upper right and lower portions of the image. Darker material also appears to mantle select areas of the layered deposits. The formation of the dunes is influenced by topography; this influence is best illustrated in the upper left of the image where a small hillock has interfered with the local wind flow. Impact craters of all sizes are noticeably absent in this image, indicating a relatively young age for this surface. This image is approximately 22 km wide and 60 km in length; north is toward the top.

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Image ID: 
V01126002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-03-16 22:43
Fri, 2002-03-29
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (64 km)
0.017619 km/pixel
0.017748 km/pixel


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