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Martian Sediment Filled Crater

Martian sediment filled crater being eroded to reveal layers

Image Title: Sediment Filled Crater
Release Date: December 4, 2005
Source: Mars Global Surveyor


Billions of years ago this crater was created on Mars. Over time it was filled in with sediments. Then, again over time, these sediments began to erode revealing the layers of outcrops we now see in the crater.

Source Image Background

The source for this picture was an image taken by the Mars Global Surveyor Narrow Angle Camera in June 2003. The crater is located in the nortwest of Schiaparelli Basin at approximately 1 south latitude, 346 west longitude. The resolution of the original image was approximately 2 meters per pixel.

Image Processing

All image processing was done using Adobe Photoshop. This included image cleaning, cropping, contrast enhancement, brightness adjustments, and the application of false color.


I have created a low resolution, compressed version of "Sediment Filled Crater" for use as a desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper is made available for your personal use only. It is not to be modified or redistributed in any form by any means. All rights are retained by the artist.

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Sediment Filled Crater, 1280 X 1024 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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