Embaying Flow
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Embaying Flow

November 11, 2006

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark lava flows that have embayed—flowed up against and into—higher, more rugged terrain in the Cyclopia/Aethiopis region of Mars (southwest of Cerberus).

Because they are relatively dark, these flows might have very little dust mantling them; these might be among the youngest lava flows on the planet. Nevertheless, the flow material does have a few small impact craters that formed in its surface, indicating that it is not extremely young.

Location near: 6.0°N, 220.0°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Autumn

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