Curiosity: Ridge-top rock, broken and layered

1814-mastcam34Sol 1814, September 13, 2017. Curiosity’s Mastcam turned its gaze downward to image the rock surface next to the rover. Seen close-up (click the image), the rocks are finely layered, but heavily broken and eroded, with pebbles and sand collecting in low spots.

Below is Curiosity’s location on the ridge; note the many large cracks in the rock. (See the panorama here also.) In addition, while the ridge-top is broadly flat, several eroded layers appear to rise successively toward the south (image bottom). Click either image to enlarge it.

Sol 1814 raw images (from all cameras), and Curiosity’s latest location.


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