Science and Exploration

Fractured Material In Nectaris Montes On Mars

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
August 1, 2022
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Fractured Material In Nectaris Montes On Mars
Nectaris Montes On Mars

Also visible in a Mars Orbiter Camera image, this observation captures light-toned rock that appears to be fractured, quite possibly dikes. Dikes can have different composition than the surrounding rock, giving them unique textures and colors. A closer look will give us some insight into the depositional structure, as well as information about its erosional forms. This image is located in Nectaris Montes, located within Coprates Chasma.

ID: ESP_071003_1655
date: 18 September 2021
altitude: 263 km

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