JPL Home Page JPL Earth JPL Solar System JPL Stars and Galaxies JPL Science & Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter NASA Home Page Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Follow this link to skip to the main content
NASA logo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology header separator
+ NASA Homepage
+ NASA en Español
+ Marte en Español
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Overview Science Technology The Mission People Features Events Multimedia
Mars for Kids
Mars for Students
Mars for Educators
Mars for Press
+ Mars Home
+ MRO Home
bullet Press Release Images
bullet MOI
bullet Cruise
bullet Aerobraking
bullet Spacecraft
bullet Mars Artwork
bullet Dust Storms
bullet Launch
bullet Calibration
Press Release Images
Return to Press Release Images index
Deformation Bands in Martian Bedrock
Full Res JPG (8.55 kB)
Deformation Bands in Martian Bedrock

Dense clusters of crack-like structures called deformation bands form the linear ridges prominent in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Deformation bands form when sections of rock slide past each other and are similar to faults, such as the much larger San Andreas Fault in southern California. The discovery of deformation bands in HiRISE images advances understanding of how underground fractures would have affected the distribution and availability of ancient groundwater on Mars.

The camera took this image of layered rocks inside a crater in the Arabia Terra region of Mars on Feb. 13, 2007. The site is at 6.6 degrees north latitude, 14.1 degrees east longitude. Illumination is from the left. North is toward the top. The ground covered in this image spans about 150 meters (about 500 feet) east to west. This false-color image is a portion of HiRISE observation PSP_002574_1865. Additional image products from that observation are available at

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

JPL Image Use Policy

Credits Feedback Related Links Sitemap