Tag Archives: Cerberus Fossae

HiRISE: Erosion within Cerberus Fossae

A Context Camera image shows a small bench in the middle of the Cerberus Fossae at the head of Athabasca Valles. Small cataracts appear on this bench. Do these reflect erosion as water drained back into the subsurface at the … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Recent tectonics on Mars

These prominent trenches were formed by faults that pulled the planet’s surface apart less than 10 million years ago. The images were taken by ESA’s Mars Express on 27 January, and capture part of the Cerberus Fossae system in the … Continue reading

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Searching for signs of marsquakes

Rovers and landers have been studying Mars’s surface for decades, but the inner workings of the Red Planet are still mysterious. No one yet knows for sure what sort of seismic activity rocks the Red Planet. That’s not for lack … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Cerberus Fossae, source of floods

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 22, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a section of Cerberus Fossae. Located southeast of the Elysium Planitia volcanic complex, the linear graben was created by tectonic forces related to the volcanic activity. The fossa … Continue reading

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Water ice is buried near Mars equator in small areas

A re-analysis of data from the Neutron Spectrometer on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter has nearly doubled the data’s resolution. The higher-resolution data show that small deposits of water ice lie buried at shallow depths near the martian equator in several … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Aeolian erosion textures near Cerberus Fossae

Aeolian erosion textures near Cerberus Fossae. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: River of sand

A dominant driver of surface processes on Mars today is aeolian (wind) activity. In many cases, sediment from this activity is trapped in low-lying areas, such as craters. Aeolian features in the form of dunes and ripples can occur in … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Cerberus Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 10, 2016. Today’s VIS image shows a portion of Cerberus Fossae. The narrow linear features are graben, formed by a block of material moving downward along paired faults. More THEMIS Images of the Day … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Cerberus Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 7, 2016. Today’s VIS image shows a portion of Cerberus Fossae. The fossae are linear depressions, called graben, created by tectonic activity. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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HiRISE: Fork in the fossae

Fork in the fossae. Beautiful Mars series.

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