Melas Chasma Deposits

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

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Erosion of the interior layered deposits (ILD) of Melas Chasma, part of the huge Valles Marineris canyon system, has produced cliffs with dramatic examples of spur-and-gulley erosional morphology. Various erosional mechanisms provide beautiful exposures of finely layered sediments within Melas Chasma. Erosion is the wearing away or movement of materials from one place to another. The most common causes of movement / erosion include gravity, water, ice and wind.

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V04335002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-12-06 02:30
Thu, 2003-01-09
1024 pixels (17 km)
3648 pixels (63 km)
0.017423 km/pixel
0.01755 km/pixel


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