Cerberus Fossae

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The linear depressions in today’s VIS image are part of Cerberus Fossae. The features are termed grabens, and are formed by extensional tectonic forces. As the regional fractures move apart, blocks of material subside between paired faults. The straight sides and uniform depths are indications that this is tectonic feature rather than a channel caused by fluid erosion. The fossae stretch for 1235km (767 miles).

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
V85522006 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2021-03-26 04:37
Wed, 2021-08-18
256 pixels (18 km)
3792 pixels (276 km)
0.073023 km/pixel
0.0735637 km/pixel


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