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              Mars- Mawrth Vallis  
        Rock Layering in the High Resolution Strip Area
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The central portion of the high resolution is where
most of the light-colored outcrops occur.  In general,
the area is quite flat.

inclined view of central area

     The best exposures of layers that were once covering
the white outcrops are exposed in the southern end of
the strip.

     It is along the edges of the dark patches where the
layering is best exposed.  The layers are approximately
horizontal with a slight topographic slope so the layers
appear as curving lines similar to contour lines.

Examples illustrating the nature of the layers
(All of the following views have been photographically enhanced in contrast and
resolution in order to emphasize features.)
(The topographic base upon which the surface photographs were positioned lacked
sufficient resolution in order to derive the thickness of the layers)

Example 1
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 Also visit: Cochise College Mars Landforms , Mars Explored, 
Cochise College Geology Home Page
 Roger Weller, geology instructor (  last edited:  10/30/15

      All views were derived from Google Mars and were originally obtained from
the  United States Geological Survey (USGS), jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
and the University of Arizona.