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Potential Mars Landing Site Near Mounds Associated with
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Potential Mars Landing Site Near Mounds Associated with Crater Rim

May 13, 2011
This observation shows large mounds that may represent hydrothermal diapirism in a lacustrine (lake) setting, possibly involving fluid movement from great depth. "Diapirism" is a process where a more mobile (and deformable) material is forced up onto overlying material, hence the mounds. An easy point of reference for this process is something most people have seen: a lava lamp.

One of the justifications for this observation is to assess landing/roving hazards and morphology. This observation also underscores how landing sites are chosen: a safe place to land and explore that is also scientifically compelling.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team


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