An unusual layer of smooth material covers the flanks of the volcano Peneus Patera, located south of the Hellas Basin. Though smooth on its upper surface, the layer is pitted by a process of erosion that produces steep scarps facing the south pole and more gentle slopes in the direction of the equator. The style of erosion of the smooth layer suggests that ice of some form plays a role in shaping this terrain.
Orbit Number: 91366 Latitude: -57.1932 Longitude: 54.3735 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2022-07-20 08:53
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