See the rocks of Mars in incredible resolution They are bigger than the Grand Canyon in the USA

The Valles Marineris, a giant canyon system on Mars, dwarfs the Grand Canyon in the southwestern United States.

The mountain range on Mars occupies 4000 km. This is the distance between Los Angeles and New York. The depth of the Martian canyon is 7 km, while the Grand Canyon is only 2000 meters.

Recently published photos from scientificHigh Resolution Imaging Experiments (HiRISE) aboard the Martian Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) show stunning views of the rocks at Candor Chasma. Recall that this is one of the largest canyons in the Mariner Valley.

The Mariner Valley stretches thousands of kilometers across the surface of Mars. Credit: NASA

Looking closely at HiRISE imagesjagged rocks protruding from wind-blown sand and dust are visible, as well as canal ravines. Perhaps they appeared due to the seasonal runoff of liquid water along the sloping slopes of the rocks. As with most high-resolution imaging systems, HiRISE sacrifices its field of view for a clear and detailed view of the planet.

Candor Chasma. Credit: Google Mars.

Collecting wide, large images andwhile simultaneously capturing amazingly high resolution close-ups, scientists gain a better understanding of the structure of Candor Chasma, Valles Marineris, as well as general geological processes and the deep history of Mars. Unlike the canyon in Arizona, the Mariner Valley was not formed by surface river erosion.

The HiRISE image of Candor Chasma shows layers of sediment on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL / University of ArizonaCTX overview of a crater on Mars, Credit: NASA / JPL / Malin Space Science Systems

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