Faults in Claritas Fossae
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Faults in Claritas Fossae

July 15, 2011
The Claritas Fossae region is characterised by systems of "graben" running mainly north-west to south-east. A graben forms when a block of the planet's crust drops down between two faults, due to extension, or pulling, of the crust.

This observation can help measure displacements across well-exposed normal faults to investigate stress history and material properties.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team

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