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8°N 7°W Crater November 22, 2005

Posted by jtintle in JPL, Mars, Mars Global Surveyor, NASA, Space Fotos.
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Medium-sized view of MGS MOC Picture of the Day, updated daily
Credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows light-toned, layered, sedimentary rock outcrops in an unnamed crater located at 8°N, 7°W. Dark, windblown sand enhances the contrast in this view. Hundreds of layers of repeated thickness and physical properties suggest that a cyclic or at least episodic process acted over a considerable period of time to deposit these materials in the crater. At the time the sediments were deposited, the crater might have hosted a lake.
Location near: 6.1°N, 10.7°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Autumn
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