Eos Chasma

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Eos Chasma is a chasma
Chasma is a term used in astrogeology to refer to "a deep, elongated, steep-sided depression". The plural is chasmata. An example is Eos Chasma on Mars. Below are images of some of the major chasmata of Mars...

 in the southern part of the Valles Marineris
Valles Marineris
Valles Marineris is a system of canyons that runs along the Martian surface east of the Tharsis region...

 canyon system of Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. It is often described as the "Red Planet", as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance...

Eos Chasma’s western floor is mainly composed of an etched massive material composed of either volcanic or eolian deposits later eroded by the Martian wind. The eastern end of the Eos chasma has a large area of streamlined bars and longitudinal striations. This is interpreted to be stream-carved plateau deposits and material transported and deposited by flowing fluid. Ganges Chasma
Ganges Chasma
The Ganges Chasma is a deep canyon at the eastern end of the vast Valles Marineris system on Mars, an offshoot of Eos Chasma. It is named after the River Ganges in South Asia. It has been tentatively identified as an outflow channel....

 is an offshoot of Eos Chasma. MRO
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 discovered sulfate, hydrated sulfate, and iron oxides in Eos Chasma.

According to an analysis by Vicky Hamilton of the University of Hawaii
University of Hawaii
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, Eos Chasma may be the source of the ALH84001
Allan Hills 84001 is a meteorite that was found in Allan Hills, Antarctica on December 27, 1984 by a team of U.S. meteorite hunters from the ANSMET project. Like other members of the group of SNCs , ALH 84001 is thought to be from Mars. However, it does not fit into any of the previously...

 meteorite, which some believe to be evidence of past life on Mars
Life on Mars
Scientists have long speculated about the possibility of life on Mars owing to the planet's proximity and similarity to Earth. Fictional Martians have been a recurring feature of popular entertainment of the 20th and 21st centuries, but it remains an open question whether life currently exists on...

However, the analysis was not conclusive, in part because it was limited to parts of Mars not obscured by dust.

External links

  • Eos Chasma on Google Mars - scrollable map centered on Eos Chasma
  • Eos Chasma - photos by the European Space Agency
    European Space Agency
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    's Mars Express
    Mars Express
    Mars Express is a space exploration mission being conducted by the European Space Agency . The Mars Express mission is exploring the planet Mars, and is the first planetary mission attempted by the agency. "Express" originally referred to the speed and efficiency with which the spacecraft was...