Beautiful Layers in the Central Uplift of Mazamba Crater

This is only one of four impact craters known that possesses intact layers exposed in the central uplift.

Scientists believe this layered material originates from kilometers beneath the present surface and is raised up during the formation of the crater itself. These craters give us a window into these deep layers, which would otherwise remain hidden.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team (audio by Lisa Loeb)   (30 October 2013)

This is a stereo pair with PSP_007100_1520 .

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona