Coprates Chasma

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image shows a cross section of Coprates Chasma. In this region the chasma has two sections - a deep, flat floored canyon at the top of the image (the northern cliff face is not visible in this image), and the second section below that separated by a large ridge. Paralleling it to the south runs a narrower and shallower chain of linked pits and depressions called Coprates Catena. Landslide deposits, layered materials and sand dunes cover a large portion of the chasma floor. The brighter materials at the top of the image are layered deposits. It is unknown how deep these canyon deposits were when they formed. The layering is only visible due to erosion, making it difficult to estimate the original thickness. While layered deposits can be found on the floor of Coprates Chasma, they are most commonly found along the lower elevations and at the bottom of the cliff faces in the canyon. Coprates Chasma is one of the numerous canyons that make up Valles Marineris. The chasma stretches for 960 km (600 miles) from Melas Chasma to the west and Capri Chasma to the east.

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Image ID: 
V93111002 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2022-12-11 00:40
Mon, 2023-03-06
256 pixels (17 km)
3792 pixels (261 km)
0.069082 km/pixel
0.069283 km/pixel


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