PIA06977: West Arabia Sedimentary Rocks
 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:  836 x 1598 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-896
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06977.tif (1.338 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06977.jpg (229.2 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

31 October 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows sedimentary rock outcrops within a crater in western Arabia Terra near 8.8N, 1.3W. These are eroded from the same rocks as seen in an earlier MOC Picture of the Day from 1 December 2003. The repeated nature of these layers indicate episodic changes took place in the sedimentary depositional environment. The sediments may have been deposited in an intracrater lake. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left/upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-10-31