Today's VIS image shows a portion of Shalbatana Vallis. Located in Xanthe Terra, Shalbatana Vallis is an outflow channel carved by massive floods of escaping groundwater whose source lies far to the south of this image. Shalbatana Vallis is over 1300 km long (808 miles). This channel, and all others in this region, drain into Chryse Planitia.
Orbit Number: 88761 Latitude: 8.29946 Longitude: 317.817 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2021-12-17 21:18
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