Eroded Layers in Shalbatana Valles
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Eroded Layers in Shalbatana Valles
ESP_012729_1830  Science Theme: Sedimentary/Layering Processes
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Layers, probably sedimentary in origin, have undergone extensive erosion in this image of Shalbatana Valles, a prominent channel that cuts through Xanthe Terra.

This erosion has produced several small mesas and exposed light-toned material that may differ in composition from the surrounding material.

Written by: Nicole Baugh (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (22 January 2018)
 
Acquisition date
14 April 2009

Local Mars time:
15:21

Latitude (centered)
3.110°

Longitude (East)
316.649°

Spacecraft altitude
274.7 km (171.7 miles)

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5.9°

Phase angle:
50.3°

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56°, with the Sun about 34° above the horizon

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246.5°, Northern Autumn

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  334.6°
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