NASA's Mars Global Surveyor shows a portion of a shallow valley south of Cerberus on Mars. The valley may have been cut but torrents of mud-laden water; alternatively, an extremely fluid lava was involved.

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-413, 6 July 2003

To date, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) narrow angle system has only imaged about 3% of the martian surface. Thus, a new discovery can come at any time, as additional places are covered every day. This MOC image shows a portion of a shallow valley south of Cerberus that was just discovered in April 2003. The valley may have been cut but torrents of mud-laden water; alternatively, an extremely fluid lava was involved. This picture was acquired in May 2003; it covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated from the left. North is toward the top/upper right. The picture is located near 4.6°N, 204.3°W.

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