An Unusual Mound

With its cracked, blistery appearance , this mound near the center of a very large, over 5-kilometer diameter mid-latitude crater poses an interesting question: how did this form?

More importantly, what is the relationship between the mound and the surrounding, viscous features? Did those flow features play a role in forming the mound? Can that material help explain the cracked surface of the mound?

Written by: HiRISE Science Team (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (26 March 2014)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_034287_2185 .

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona