Eroded Layers in Shalbatana Valles

Layers, probably sedimentary in origin, have undergone extensive erosion in this image of Shalbatana Valles, a prominent channel that cuts through Xanthe Terra.

This erosion has produced several small mesas and exposed light-toned material that may differ in composition from the surrounding material.

Written by: Nicole Baugh (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (22 January 2018)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona