This unusual surface texture is found on the northwest part of Olympus Mons. The origin of this texture and the rest of Lycus Sulci is unknown, but speculations include glacial or volatile rich materials as part of the cause of such textures.
Orbit Number: 40102 Latitude: 22.5293 Longitude: 222.055 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2010-12-29 08:00
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