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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

Lunae Palus (MC-10)

from Map Sheets


This map spans diverse highland to lowland terrains from west to east. The western smooth region is the margin of the Tharsis rise that is centered to the west of the map, descending from 2 km to near datum. The elevated Lunae Planum and southern part of Tempe Terra occupy the central third of the map area. Lunae Planum rises to 3,500 m elevation along the southern border of the map as it approaches the Valles Marineris canyon system (south of the map area, MC-18). East of the planum lies the heavily cratered Xanthe Terra and Xanthe Montes. Cutting into these highlands are the large outflow channels Maja Valles and Kasei Valles. The latter originates from the irregular Echus Chasma depression that lies near datum. In the northeastern corner is Chryse Planitia, part of the vast northern lowlands, more than 3000 m below datum, and the destination for channel outflow as well as the Viking 1 lander.