Layers of Water-Deposited Sediment

This image covers part of the floor of a large ancient impact crater, near the western rim.

The subimage shows layered deposits , many with distinct colors (the colors are enhanced or exaggerated). These layers have a morphology similar to that seen elsewhere on Mars in obvious alluvial fans where channels emerge into craters.

In this case the channels are not obvious, but we suspect that it is the same kind of deposit and the ancient channel is not well preserved due to subsequent modification.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (7 March 2012)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_026166_1825 .

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona