HiPOD: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
A Complex Geologic History of Aram Chaos

A Complex Geologic History of Aram Chaos
This 280-kilometer diameter crater center has experienced a long history of water activity. Within the crater is a heavily faulted and fractured terrain called Aram Chaos that consists of darker volcanic rocks that were disrupted as a result of water and/or magma withdrawal in the subsurface.

Above this chaotic terrain are brighter materials made up of different kinds of sulfates that formed when water filled the crater. CRISM data collected along with HiRISE images indicate that the sulfates consist of monohydrated, polyhydrated, and ferric hydroxysulfate, with each composition representing a different geochemical environment within the waters that once resided within Aram Chaos.

ID: ESP_074008_1830
date: 11 May 2022
altitude: 274 km

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Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km. For full images including scale bars, visit the ID link.