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Demon Face On Mars Found In Melas Chasma

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Melas Chasma is a canyon on Mars, the widest segment of the Valles Marineris canyon system, located east of Ius Chasma at 9.8°S, 283.6°E. It cuts through layered deposits that are thought to be sediments from an old lake that resulted from runoff of the valley networks to the west. Other theories include windblown sediment deposits and volcanic ash. Support for abundant, past water in Melas Chasma is the discovery by MRO of hydrated sulfates. In addition, sulfate and iron oxides were found by the same satellite. 


Demon Face in the Melas Chasma on Mars

The floor of Melas Chasma is about 70% younger massive material that is thought to be volcanic ash whipped up by the wind into eolian features. It also contains rough floor material from the erosion of the canyon walls. Around the edges of Melas is also a lot of slide material. 

The materials making up the layers in Melas Chasma and other parts of Valles Marineris may be sediment laid down by winds or water, perhaps in ancient lakes. Alternatively, they may be layers of volcanic ash. HiRISE images are providing new insight into their origin by revealing the layer structures at unprecedented scale.

MOC Narrow-Angle Image Gallery: Mars Chart 18: Coprates showing Melas Chasma

 This is also the deepest part of the Valles Marineris system at eleven kilometers deep from the surrounding surface, from here to the outflow channels are about a 0.03 degree slope upward to the northern plains, which means that if you filled the canyon with fluid, would have a lake with a depth of one kilometer before the fluid would flow out onto the northern plains.

The canyon’s depth suggests that this location may be the best site for a manned outpost as it would have the highest natural air pressure on Mars. Equatorial solar irradiation and access to water would enhance this option still further.

Melas Chasma in mosaic of THEMIS infrared images, with parts of Ius, Candor and Coprates chasmata visible at the upper left, top and lower right, respectively. Enormous landslide deposits are visible near the junctions of Melas Chasma with each of the neighboring chasmata. Nume rous graben (“fossae”) and ridges (“dorsa”) stretch across the plateau outside the canyons’ rims. Coordinates  10.4°S 72.7°W

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    • Madmatt

      Photo shopped.

    • Chuck Wheeler

      Agree — Photo shop !! So sad .. :sad:

    • Anonymous

      If I manipulated a photo enough I could do that too. What you are seeing is the face of a Martian Cow.

    • Volcano

      So that’s where my x wife been all these years

    • Volcano

      It’s like clouds you can see many things, Turn it upside down you’ll see a astronaut leaning left on a cushion 😎

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