Chaotic Terrain

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Chaotic terrain on Mars is thought to form when there is a sudden removal of subsurface water or ice, causing the surface material to slump and break into blocks. The chaotic terrain in this THEMIS visible image is confined to a crater just south of Elysium Planitia. It is common to see chaotic terrain in the vicinity of the catastrophic outflow channels on Mars, but the terrain in this image is on the opposite side of the planet from these channels, making it somewhat of an oddity.

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
V05964001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-04-19 04:40
Wed, 2003-06-04
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (63 km)
0.017512 km/pixel
0.017639 km/pixel


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