Deposition + Erosion = Textures

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Toward the westernmost extent of the Medusae Fossae Formation, a 5000+ km long belt of eroding sediments, the interleaving of erosional surfaces produces dramatic textural variations. In the lower third of this image, the cross-hatched MFF layer is being stripped back from a surface that was already heavily eroded before the MFF layer was deposited. Also note the sinuous and, in places, dendritic ridges that are either linear dunes or inverted channels.

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Image ID: 
V05900001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-04-13 22:13
Wed, 2003-05-07
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (64 km)
0.01763 km/pixel
0.017758 km/pixel


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