Out of Round

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

While the crater in this VIS image was crated by an impact event, the resultant form is not the normal circular shape. There are several factors that can create 'out of round' craters. The most common is subsurface faulting from tectonic activity. Pre-existing subsurface fractures can deflect impact pressures along the fault faces, rather than uniformly radially from the center of impact. Meteor Crater in Arizona has "corners" due to the same tectonic forcing of impact pressures.

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Image ID: 
V89615014 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2022-02-26 05:06
Thu, 2022-07-14
512 pixels (19 km)
1824 pixels (69 km)
0.037925 km/pixel
0.0380004 km/pixel


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