These Amazingly Detailed Images Reveal A Martian Canyon In 3D

Get up close and personal with the scars of Mars’ volcanic past.

1. These photos of Hebes Chasma, an 8km deep canyon south of the equator on Mars, from above were taken by ESA’s Mars Express.

The trough is 315km wide from east to west and 125km from north to south.

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In this image, white and red show the highest terrains, while blue and purple show the deepest.

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2. Close up images show grooves in the canyon walls.

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3. And landslide debris on its floor.

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The chasm’s origin is thought to lie in the nearby Tharsis Region, home to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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