PIA20655: Cratered Cones in Acidalia Planitia
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
 Instrument:  HiRISE
 Product Size:  2880 x 1800 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  University of Arizona/HiRISE-LPL
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This image shows part of a broad plain covered with cratered cones and domes in the Northern lowlands of Mars.

These cones are typically lighter and smoother than their surroundings, and also have different colors. One possible explanation for these features is that they formed as mud volcanoes. In a mud volcano, wet mud is pressurized and then erupts onto the surface. This can take a variety of forms, depending on how wet and fluid the mud is. On Mars, such processes might be related to the giant outflow flood channels, which deposited sediment on the plains.

The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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