Cerberus Fossae

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today’s VIS image shows a section of Cerberus Fossae. Located southeast of the Elysium Planitia volcanic complex, the linear graben near the top of the image was created by tectonic forces related to the volcanic activity. The graben are sources of both channels and significant volcanic flows. Cerberus Fossae cuts across features such as hills, indicating the relative youth of the tectonic activity. Graben form where extensional tectonic forces allows blocks of material to subside between paired faults.

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Image ID: 
V89952016 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2022-03-25 22:57
Fri, 2022-08-05
512 pixels (18 km)
1824 pixels (66 km)
0.036483 km/pixel
0.0369542 km/pixel


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