Claritas Fossae

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

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Located between the lava plains of Daedalia Planum and Solis Planum, Claritas Fossae is a graben filled highland. Graben are formed by tectonic activity, where extensional forces stretch the surface allowing blocks of material to slide down between paired faults. These linear grabens are termed fossae. This region of Mars had very active tectonism and volcanism, resulting in the huge volcanos like Arsia Mons and deep chasmata of Valles Marineris. Claritas Fossae was formed prior to the large lava flows of the Tharsis region.

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Image ID: 
V91852003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2022-08-29 08:49
Wed, 2022-12-21
512 pixels (17 km)
1824 pixels (62 km)
0.034077 km/pixel
0.0343707 km/pixel


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