Posted: July 11, 2018 at 08:00AM

HiPOD (11 July 2018): Fractures on Pavonis Mons

   – This observation was suggested by students at the Mars Academy in Brazil. Here is their original rationale: “This “stressed-out” region of the northeastern slopes of Pavonis Mons contains multiple sets of sub-parallel faults, with down-thrown blocks indicating tensional stretching of the crustal layers. We wish to examine a couple of these features in detail using HiRISE images, in order to address several questions, including: Do the sizes/extent of these fractures correlate with slope breaks or apparent mineralogical changes? Are these tectonic/volcanic features, or could they be more reflective of surface processes? Are the fractures topographic lows (i.e., ditches) that have accumulated mass wasting products and/or demonstrate over-printing signs of fluvial erosion?”

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona (258 km above the surface. Black and white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km.)

HiPOD (11 July 2018): Fractures on Pavonis Mons   – This...