From High to Low

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image is located on the margin of the Terra Sabaea highlands and the Nilosyrtis Mensae lowlands. The drop off is very steep - about 18,000 ft. This "edge" circles the northern hemisphere of Mars and is called the crustal dichotomy. The process that created this dichotomy is unknown. In the transition region, the highlands break up into mesas and valleys, like those seen in this image.

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


Image ID: 
V77302003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2019-05-19 08:38
Tue, 2019-06-11
512 pixels (19 km)
1824 pixels (68 km)
0.037688 km/pixel
0.038069 km/pixel


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