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Deformation band clusters in Utah sandstones, as on Mars, are a few meters or yards wide and as much as a few kilometers or miles long.
They form from either compression or stretching of underground layers, and can be precursors to faults. The ones visible at the surface have become exposed as overlying layers erode away. Deformation bands and faults can strongly influence the movement of groundwater on the planet and appear to have been similarly important on Mars, according to this study.
"This study provides a picture of not just surface water erosion, but true groundwater effects distributed over the planet," said Suzanne Smrekar, Mont Blanc Etoile Pen
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"Groundwater movement has important implications for how the temperature and chemistry from the crust have changed with time, which in turn affects the potential Supra Tk Society Mid Australia
for habitats for past life."
The recent study focuses on layered deposits in Mars' Capen crater, approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) in diameter and 7 degrees north from the equator.
This formerly unnamed crater became notable for this reason discovery of deformation bands within it and was recently assigned a formal name. The crater was named Polo Shirts For Women
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reveal smaller information on the surface than any previous camera to orbit Mars. The orbiter reached Mars in March 2006 and has returned more data than other current and past missions to Mars combined.