Science and Exploration

Going With The Flow In Harmakhis Vallis On Mars

By Keith Cowing
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January 23, 2023
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Going With The Flow In Harmakhis Vallis On Mars
Harmakhis Vallis

Harmakhis Vallis is an approximately 800-kilometer long outflow channel located in eastern Hellas.

The valley probably formed by a combination of surface collapse and flowing water.

The edges of Harmakhis Vallis were enlarged by material slumping off the walls, and it was later filled with ice-rich material, similar to glaciers on Earth. This image shows part of the valley floor that filled with glacial ice. Can you see the parallel ridges on some of the glaciers that show how the ice flowed downhill, around and between obstacles?

This is a stereo pair with ESP_076140_1420. Larger image

SpaceRef co-founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.