Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Cerberus Troughs

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1156, 18 July 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows several dark-walled and dark-floored troughs, formed along fault trends radial to the Elysium volcanic rise, in the Cerberus region of Mars. The troughs cut through a plain that was earlier scoured by floods of the Athabasca Valles system.
Location near: 10.5°N, 203.4°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Autumn

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