Elysium Fossae

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image contains a section of one of the many channel forms found radial to the Elysium Mons volcanic complex. In this case the fossae are located to the west of Elysium Mons. Elysium Fossae are comprised of both linear and sinuous channels, usually interpreted to have both fluid and tectonic forces playing a part in the formation. This image shows the linear channel type. The channel features are thought to have both a tectonic and volcanic origin. The linear depression resembles a graben (formed by tectonic forces) and sinuous channels more closely resembles features caused by fluid flow - either lava or water created by melting subsurface ice due to volcanic heating.

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Image ID: 
V86396003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2021-06-06 03:50
Wed, 2021-11-03
512 pixels (19 km)
1824 pixels (67 km)
0.037262 km/pixel
0.0376281 km/pixel


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