Martian Chaos Terrain Is Some of the Strangest Geology in the Universe

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As you can see in this fly-over footage of Mars, chaos terrain is very aptly named.

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This video comes from the ESA, who stitched it together using images from the high-resolution camera on their Mars-orbiting Express, and it’s a good view of the mess of cliffs, peaks, sharply-drawn craters, weird faults, and occasional rolling hills that makes up chaos terrain. What caused such an odd configuration of geology, though? Researchers think that in this case, some of it may have been due to a (now disappeared) Martian sea.

Settle back and enjoy your flight.

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Describing it as “some of the strangest geology in the universe” might be a little strong, but “some of the strangest geology yet encountered in one tiny corner of the universe by a species that has barely managed to leave the planet of its birth and is just now beginning to catch glimpses of planets other than the one that it was born on” would probably have been a bit unwieldy as a title.