Landslides in a Crater

Landslides can be seen in this Martian crater imaged by the Mars Express. Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Landslides can be seen in this Martian crater imaged by the Mars Express. Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Those how have followed me for a while know that I have a “thing” for boulders and craters. While most of my looking is on the moon, here is an example from the ESA Mars Express. The image is of the Tagus Valles an ancient cratered southern highlands of Mars and was released in January 2013.

I’ve isolated a crater from the main image, which is exceptional on its own. You can pick out landslides inside the crater as evidenced by the grooves and the material piles below them. The material piles are easiest to see between the 2:00 and 4:00 o’clock positions AND if you click the image to see a larger version of the crater.

Visit the ESA page with this image.

One thought on “Landslides in a Crater

  1. At first glance I thought this was the Meteor Crater in Arizona! The center is different and there’s no vegetation though.. The AZ crater has landslides too. Not including weather, are the landslides caused the same way?

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