Lunae Planum

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This image is within a region called Lunae Planum, near 27.3N, 75.3W. This is a region west of the Viking 1 landing site that marks the transition between the Tharsis rise, a giant volcanic complex, and the northern lowland plains. The topographically high regions display numerous graben, signs of significant amounts of crustal deformation. The low areas display signs of resurfacing, including an unusual unit that appears to 'lap' onto the base of the uplands. This scarp follows the transition between the high and low areas throughout much of the image. It is not clear what caused these deposits, but a likely candidate is ice, which is suspected to have played a major role in the surface morphology of the fretted terrains and many features within the northern lowlands.

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Image ID: 
V01875012 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-05-17 16:20
Mon, 2002-06-24
1024 pixels (19 km)
3648 pixels (67 km)
0.018441 km/pixel
0.018575 km/pixel


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