Buried Crater

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

With a location roughly equidistant between two of the largest volcanic constructs on the planet, the fate of the ~50 km impact crater in this image was sealed. It has been buried to the rim by lava flows. The MOLA context image shows pronounced flow lobes surrounding the crater, a clear indication of the most recent episode of volcanism that could have contributed to its infilling. Breaches in the rim are clearly evident in the image and suggest locations through which lavas could have flowed. These openings appear to be limited to the west side of the crater. Other craters in the area are nearly obliterated by the voluminous lava flows, further demonstrating one of the means by which Mars renews its surface.

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Image ID: 
V02440003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-07-03 04:34
Tue, 2002-08-27
1024 pixels (19 km)
3648 pixels (67 km)
0.018454 km/pixel
0.018588 km/pixel


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