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Light-Toned Rocks inside a Crater
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Light-Toned Rocks inside a Crater

May 6, 2010
This approximately 20 kilometer diameter impact crater is located just to the south of Coprates Chasma in Valles Marineris.

Near the center of the crater are some light-toned rocks. These rocks are very jumbled and broken up rather than flat-lying and layered. These observations suggest that the light-toned rocks once existed below the current terrain and were brought up by the process that created the crater.

Several other craters around Valles Marineris also reveal light-toned rocks in their central peaks suggesting that the light-toned rocks are a regional unit that is buried beneath the lava plains that now surround Valles Marineris.

Written by: Cathy Weitz


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