Tag Archives: chaotic terrain

THEMIS: Channel flow in Sacra Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 16, 2018. The right-angle intersection of the depressions in this VIS image is one of the graben that form Sacra Fossae. The fossae are located on Sacra Mensa, near the beginning of Kasei Valles. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Breaking ground in Aram Chaos

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 13, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of Aram Chaos. Aram Chaos was initially formed by a large impact. Over time the crater interior was modified by several different processes, including liquid water. Located … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Aram Chaos’ crumbling mesas

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 27, 2018. In this VIS image of part of Aram Chaos, the surface region is being dissected by linear valleys. As the dissection continues individual mesas will develop, creating the terrain termed chaotic. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Collapsing ground in Margaritifer Chaos

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 26, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a small section on Margaritifer Chaos. The term chaos is applied to regions where the surface is being eroded to form mesas. As the surface processes continue individual … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Hills in Ganges Chasma

The hills in Ganges Chasma. Ganges Chasma is in the northeast portion of Valles Marineris, and opens into outflow channels that flowed to the north. Scattered hills on the canyon floor may be remnants of chaos terrain that formed from collapse … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Chaos grows in Chryse

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 18, 2018. n 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 Chryse … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Juventae Chasma’s rubble collection

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 1, 2018. This VIS image runs from northern Juventae Chasma to just short of the southern canyon wall. Illustrating the variety of landforms within the chasma, this image contains the rough canyon floor at … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Chaos terrain

This image shows chaos terrain on Mars’ equator. NB: HiRISE has not been allowed to acquire off-nadir targeted observations for a couple of months due to MRO spacecraft issues, so many high-priority science objectives are on hold. What can be … Continue reading

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HiRISE: This broken land

This broken land. Surface near Athabasca Valles lava. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Mesas of chaos in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 18, 2018. This image of central Candor Chasma shows a surface topography called chaos. Chaos is a region of small to medium sized mesas surrounded by valleys that are usually the same elevation. In … Continue reading

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