Lycus Sulci

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Lycus Sulci is a low lying area of ridges and valleys found to the northwest of Olympus Mons. It is not yet understood how this feature formed or how it relates to the formation of Olympus Mons itself. This VIS image shows the ridge forms that are typical of this region. Dark slope streaks are common on the cliff faces. There are several suggested mechanisms to form these features. Two of the mechanisms are that the dusty surface has been altered to reveal darker rock beneath from motion of downward moving dust avalanches, or the surface is darkening by fluid or other surface staining.

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Image ID: 
V94804003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2023-04-29 11:14
Wed, 2023-10-18
512 pixels (18 km)
1824 pixels (66 km)
0.036362 km/pixel
0.0366732 km/pixel


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