Melas Chasma Cliffs
This VIS image shows part of the southwestern cliffside of Melas Chasma. Melas Chasma is part of the largest canyon system on Mars, Valles Marineris. At only 563 km long (349 miles) it is not the longest canyon, but it is the widest. Located in the center of Valles Marineris, it has depths up to 9 km below the surrounding plains, and is the location of many large landslide deposits, as will as layered materials and sand dunes. There is evidence of both water and wind action as modes of formation for many of the interior deposits.
Orbit Number: 90921 Latitude: -11.3343 Longitude: 284.714 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2022-06-13 17:44
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