NASA's Mars Global Surveyor shows shows the Cerberus Fossae troughs on Mars. Dark sediment and talus from the trough walls are visible, as are some of the layers in the subsurface exposed by the troughs.

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-465, 27 August 2003

The Cerberus Fossae are a series of semi-parallel troughs in the Cerberus region of Mars. They formed by extension (splitting) of the upper martian crust in the vicinity of the Elysium and Albor volcanoes. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a 1.5 meter (5 feet) per pixel view of one of the Cerberus Fossae troughs. Dark sediment and talus from the trough walls are visible, as are some of the layers in the subsurface exposed by the troughs. This feature is located near 15.7 °N, 197.5°W. The area shown is 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left/lower left.

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