The Top of Coprates Chasma
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

The Top of Coprates Chasma
ESP_028962_1645  Science Theme: Geologic Contacts/Stratigraphy
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This image covers a small portion of gigantic Coprates Chasma, part of Valles Marineris.

With enhanced IR colors, we see a portion of the very top of the south wall of the canyon, looking down onto the steep upper slopes. The colors indicate that diverse rock types are present.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (10 October 2012)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_037111_1645.

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