Gigas Sulci

A sulcus (or sulci, plural) is defined as “subparallel furrows and ridges.” This is a purely descriptive term for landforms that could have a variety of origins.

At this location is appears to be a graben (which is a fault-bounded valley) on a large scale, and locally (such as in this image) became a vent region for lava flows.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (3 June 2015)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona