Almost Like Water
Almost Like Water
ESP_057978_1875  Science Theme: Volcanic Processes
This image in Athabasca Valles shows lava flows originating from Elysium Mons to the northwest. A Context Camera image shows the lava flowed from the northwest to the southeast, diverting around obstacles as it settled. (The flow is outlined in blue with the flow direction shown in yellow, and the approximate location of the HiRISE image is represented by a white rectangle.)

The lava appears to have flowed smoothly around obstructions, almost like water, forming streamlined islands. In the southern part of this image, a branch of the flow diverts around a small crater, and eventually rejoins the main part of the flow. Irregular-shaped ring structures appear on the northern end and are related to the volcanic activity that formed the flows.

We also see a dense cluster of secondary craters that formed when material ejected from Corinto Crater (to the northwest) impacted the surface at high speed. At full-resolution, this terrain has the distinctive appearance of a field of numerous, small and closely-spaced craters.

Written by: Eric Pilles, Matthew Bourassa, Shannon Hibbard and Livio Tornabene (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (18 February 2019)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_066035_1875.
Acquisition date
09 December 2018

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
274.0 km (170.3 miles)

Original image scale range
55.4 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~166 cm across are resolved

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50 cm/pixel and North is up

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Solar incidence angle
42°, with the Sun about 48° above the horizon

Solar longitude
303.0°, Northern Winter

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North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  323.5°
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