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Ladon Sedimentary Rocks
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Ladon Sedimentary Rocks

June 21, 2005

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rocks exposed by the fluids that carved the Ladon Valles system in the Erythraeum region of Mars. These rocks are so ancient that their sediments were deposited, cemented to form rock, and then eroded by the water (or other liquid) that carved Ladon Valles, so far back in Martian history that such liquids could still flow on the planet's surface.

Location near: 20.8°S, 30.0°W

Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)

Illumination from: upper left

Season: Southern Spring