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Perspective view of Melas Chasma

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Perspective view of Melas Chasma
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Melas Chasma is part of the huge Valles Marineris rift valley on Mars. Melas Chasma itself sinks 9 km below the surrounding surface, making it one of the lowest depressions on the planet. The flow patterns in the canyon floor show that it must once have been covered by liquid water or water ice.
Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum).