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Monday, November 21, 2011

Claritas Fossae, Mars

Mars' Claritas Fossae region is characterized by systems of "graben" running mainly north-west to south-east. A graben forms when a block of the planet's crust drops down between two faults, due to extension, or pulling, of the crust.
 
This image was originally released July 13, 2011.
 
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

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