Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

In planetary nomenclature, the descriptor term chaos means "distinctive area of broken terrain". The general morphology of chaos is steep-sided mesas in close proximity. The initial breakup of the land is due to tectonic forces. With time and erosion the valleys widen and the mesas grow smaller. This image shows a cross section of Iani Chaos and the different scales of the mesas are readily visible.

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2023-10-05 09:02
Thu, 2024-04-04
256 pixels (18 km)
3792 pixels (272 km)
0.071769 km/pixel
0.0722798 km/pixel


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