Martian landslide

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this shot of fresh bedrock.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Univ. of Arizona

The steep walls of Valles Marineris – a system of canyons that runs along the Martian surface east of the Tharsis region – sometimes fail, creating giant landslides. This provides a clean exposure of the underlying bedrock.

This image of the north wall of Ganges Chasma reveals bedrock with diverse colours and textures, representing different geologic units.

Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
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