These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESAs Mars Express spacecraft, show the tectonic grabens in Tempe Terra, a geologically complex region that is part of the old Martian highlands.
Extensional tectonics in Tempe Terra
The HRSC obtained these images during orbit 1180 on 19 December 2004 with a ground resolution of approximately 16.5 metres per pixel. The data were acquired in the region of Northern Olympus Mons, at approximately 48.5° North and 288.4° East.
The Tempe Terra region of Mars displays a complex geologic history; the images were taken just west of the Barabashov crater and cover the transition zone between the old Martian highlands to the south and the geologically younger northern lowlands.
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