This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows a region of chaos where the isolated mesas are still very large, as well as other locations that are already reduced by erosion into small mesas.

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In planetary nomenclature, the descriptor term chaos means "distinctive area of broken terrain". The general morphology of chaos is steep-sided mesas in close proximity. This VIS image shows a region of chaos where the isolated mesas are still very large, as well as other locations that are already reduced by erosion into small mesas. This image is located south of Eos Chasma.

Orbit Number: 82896 Latitude: -16.1936 Longitude: 319.319 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2020-08-21 23:16

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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