NASA's Mars Global Surveyor shows some typical relations between impact craters and light-toned, layered rock on Mars. The larger circular feature marks the location of a filled, buried crater on intermountain terrain north of Hellas Planitia.

11 March 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows some typical relations between impact craters and light-toned, layered rock on Mars. The larger circular feature at the north (top) end of the image marks the location of a filled, buried crater on intermountain terrain north of Hellas Planitia. The larger crater at the southeast (lower right) corner formed by meteor impact into the layered material in which the buried crater is encased. The layered rock, in this case, has a light tone similar to the sedimentary rocks being explored by the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, thousands of kilometers away in Sinus Meridiani.

Location near: 24.9°S, 299.3°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Summer

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