Terra Sabaea Channel

July 03, 2018

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This VIS image is located in Terra Sabaea near the margin of Syrtis Major Planum. The channel-like feature in the bottom of the image is an unnamed feature. There is a high spot within the channel that would not let a fluid pass from one side to the other. This indicates that this is not a water carved channel, but was most likely an underground lava tube, where collapse of the roof has revealed the underlying feature. The 90 degree turns in the channel feature, and the small linear ridges just to the top of the channel indicate tectonic forces are part of the processes at work in this region.

Orbit Number: 72337 Latitude: 16.4537 Longitude: 60.7257 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2018-04-05 10:06

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Credit

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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