Old geology and new geology

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Mangala Vallis is one of the large outflow channels that channeled large quantities of water into the northern low- lands, long ago on geological timescales. This valley is one of the few in the southern hemisphere, as well as one of the few west of the Tharsis bulge. A closer look at the channel shows more recent weathering of the old water channel: the walls of the channel show small, dark slope streaks that form in dusty areas; and much of the surrounding terrain has subtle linear markings trending from the upper left to the lower right, which are probably features sculpted and streamlined by the wind. Geology still shapes the surface of Mars today, but its methods over the eons have changed.

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Image ID: 
V05948001 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-04-17 21:03
Wed, 2003-05-28
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (63 km)
0.017496 km/pixel
0.017623 km/pixel


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