Ascraeus Mons

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The pits in this VIS image are collapse features on the northern flank of Ascraeus Mons. Such collapse pits, often forming a linear pattern, are thought to be related to lava tubes below the surface that have been emptied of the final flow and forming a void. When the weight of the roof over the void overcomes the strength of the walls gravity caused the roof to collapse.

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Image ID: 
V45655017 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2012-03-30 11:36
Fri, 2012-06-15
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.017961 km/pixel
0.018091 km/pixel


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