Mars - Catena (pit-chains)                              
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Roger Weller, geology instructor (  )
Last edited:  10/11/14     edited by-R.Weller
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 A catena is probably a graben or fissure where loose surface materials
have drained into the fracture, creating a string of depressions.
Pit-chains can also be created by partial collapse of lava tubes.

The photos are all courtesy of NASA / USGS/JPL/University of Arizona
and ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G.Neukum)     Google Earth-Mars Option    

numbered (unnamed)

12  3  45  6  78  910  11  1213  14  15


Alba Catena
Artynia Catena
Baphyras Catena  (2)
Coprates Catena 
Cyne Catena
Valles Marineris Catena *

Mars geology links on pit-chains
list of catenae on Mars- Wikipedia
pit-chains of Mars
pit-chains on the Tharsis volcanic bulge
pit-chain formation on Mars
dilational fault slip and pit-chain formation on Mars (pdf)
volcanic tunnels detected on Mars