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Colour plan view of the mouth of the Ares Vallis outflow channel



Colour plan view of the mouth of the Ares Vallis outflow channel
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This image, looking vertically down at the Ares Vallis outflow channel, was created from data acquired by the nadir and colour channels of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft. The imaged region has an area of about 220 × 70 kilometres; north is to the right. Although the image is dominated by the typical Martian soil colour, variations in both colour and texture are visible. Slightly to the left of the centre is an ‘island’ that has resisted erosion by flowing water. Darker areas suggest the transport of material, possibly by the wind.
Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum).