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Monument Valley - Mars-like Terrain
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© Christine Till
It is impossible to enter Monument Valley without awe. The desert floor is flat and burnt red, like the surface of Mars.
Rising from the valley floor are the monuments themselves, massive siltstone buttes that look like rock sculptures etched by ancient gods. In a way, of course, they were. Eons of erosion carved away layer after layer of sandstone, until the valley became a gallery of towering abstract statues. Walking in the shadow of these colossal monoliths is a study in the smallness of humanity.
It is no surprise then that when the Mars Global Surveyor took an image of the Elysium Plains, approximately 300 kilometers (~185 miles) south of the Cerberus region in the Martian eastern hemisphere in 2000, it was quickly dubbed the "Martian Monument Valley."
October 22nd, 2013
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