This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows linear depressions created by tectonic forces. The sides of the depression are faults.

June 07, 2019

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The linear depressions in this VIS image were created by tectonic forces. The sides of the depression are faults. Paired faults will allow the block of material between them to "slide down" during marsquake events, forming the depressions.

Orbit Number: 77132 Latitude: 30.5611 Longitude: 285.586 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-05-05 08:37

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

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.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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