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Martian rock layers

Martian rock layers

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Martian rock layers. Layered sedimentary rock terrain on the surface of Mars, thought to indicate the presence of surface water in the planet's history. Rocks such as this are formed by deposition at regular intervals. On Earth, this occurs in energetic underwater environments, implying that a lake or sea may once have covered this area. Water on Mars could have formed a habitat for life, and the area may hold fossils. This terrain is in the southern part of Candor Chasma, a valley system on Mars. This image, measuring 1.5x2.9 kilometres, was taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft orbiting Mars. Data analysed in 2000.

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