Dario Basin Complex Cross-cuts
In this image of the floor of Dario basin, with north to the top, several features show complex cross-cutting relations. The basin floor is smooth, and probably consists of volcanic fill. Two lobate scarps can be seen: the faint example that runs from the top left to center right of the image appears to abruptly end at the rim of a flooded crater; the more visible north-south-trending scarp cuts clean through the crater. By studying cross-cutting relations such as these, scientists are able to determine a sequence of formation for features like those inside Dario basin.
Date acquired: April 12, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington