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Cerberus Fossae, Elysium, Mars: A source for lava and water

January 1, 2003

Cerberus Fossae, a long fracture system in the southeastern part of Elysium, has acted as a conduit for the release of both lava and water onto the surface. The southeastern portion of the fracture system localized volcanic vents having varying morphology. In addition, low shields occur elsewhere on the Cerberus plains. Three locations where the release of water has occurred have been identified along the northwest (Athabasca and Grjota' Vallis) and southeast (Rahway Vallis) portions of the fossae. Water was released both catastrophically and noncatastrophically from these locations. A fluvial system that extends more than 2500 km has formed beginning at the lower flank of the Elysium rise across the Cerberus plains and out through Matte Vallis into Amazonis Planitia. The timing of the events is Late Amazonian. ?? 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Year 2003
Title Cerberus Fossae, Elysium, Mars: A source for lava and water
DOI 10.1016/S0019-1035(03)00139-8
Authors J. B. Plescia
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Icarus
Index ID 70025463
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse