Galaxias Chaos

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Galaxias Chaos is located on the northern border of the Elyisum volcanic complex. Chaos terrain is typified by regions of blocky, often steep sided, mesas interspersed with deep valleys. With time and erosion the valleys widen and the mesas become smaller. It has been proposed that a catastrophic outflow of subsurface water creates chaos terrain. Heating related to near by volcanic activity was the likely trigger of the water outflow.

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Image ID: 
V93602020 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2023-01-20 12:40
Wed, 2023-03-29
256 pixels (19 km)
3792 pixels (287 km)
0.075944 km/pixel
0.0767933 km/pixel


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