In this image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we see an intersection of several fractures on the floor of Echus Chasma. One 'sector' appears to have been filled by a more recent viscous lava flow.

In this image, we see an intersection of several fractures on the floor of Echus Chasma. One "sector" appears to have been filled by a more recent viscous lava flow.

Echus Chasma is considered to be the water source region that formed Kasei Valles, a large valley that extends thousands of kilometers to the north. HiRISE may help determine the relative roles of lava and water in the region.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter's HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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