PIA05950: Troughs and Flows
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
 Instrument:  Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
 Product Size:  672 x 1008 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-855
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05950.tif (678.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05950.jpg (128.1 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

20 September 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows troughs and a pit chain (on the floor of the deeper trough) located immediately northeast of the giant Tharsis volcano, Arsia Mons. Lava flows have been cut by these troughs, which formed along fault lines when the crust expanded and rock between the fault lines was raised up or dropped down relative to its original position. Troughs formed in this way are known as graben. This image is located near 7.1S, 115.0W. The scene covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-09-20