Volcanic Surface Textures

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The platy surface texture observed in this THEMIS image of the vast plains southeast of the volcano Elysium Mons likely formed by very fluid cooling lava. Variations in the surface texture may reflect different cooling or flow rates of the lava. The lack of any large impact craters also points to a relatively young age for these volcanic materials. The two largest impact craters occur in the higher plateau unit indicating that these materials are older.

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Image ID: 
V06335018 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-05-19 19:29
Mon, 2003-06-16
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.018047 km/pixel
0.018178 km/pixel


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