Mangala Valles

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Mangala Valles
Mangala Valles based on day THEMIS.png
Mangala Valles based on THEMIS day-time image
Coordinates 11°36′S 151°00′W / 11.6°S 151.0°W / -11.6; -151.0Coordinates: 11°36′S 151°00′W / 11.6°S 151.0°W / -11.6; -151.0
Length 828.0
Naming Word for "Mars" in Sanskrit.

Mangala Valles is a complex system of criss-crossing channels on Mars, located in the Tharsis region and in the Memnonia quadrangle. It originating in the Hesperian and Amazonian epochs. It is thought to be an outflow channel, carved by catastrophic floods, and the release of vast quantities of water across the Martian surface. This flooding was probably initiated by tectonic stretching and the formation of a graben, Mangala Fossa, at the channels' head, perhaps breaching a pressurized aquifer trapped beneath a thick "cryosphere" (layer of frozen ground) beneath the surface.[1][2][3][4]

Close up view to beginning of Mangala Valles

Mangala Valles contains several basins which filled, then the overflow went through a series of spillways.[5][6] One source of waters for the system was Memonia Fossae, but water also probably came from a large basin centered at 40 degrees S.[7][8]

A recent study that used photogeologic analysis, geomorphic surface mapping, cratering statistics, and relative stratigraphy, demonstrated that Mangala Valles was flooded by water at least twice and covered with lava at least three times during the Late Amazonian. The presence of scoured bedrock at the base of the mapped stratigraphy, together with evidence from crater retention ages, suggests that fluvial activity came before lava flows. These alternating periods of aqueous flooding and volcanism are similar to that of other outflow systems on Mars, such as Kasei Valles, and Ravi Vallis.[9]

There are many wind-sculpted ridges or yardangs covering many of the surfaces in the Mangala Valles region.[10][11]

"Mangala" comes from the word for Mars in Sanskrit.

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  10. ^ "Catalog Page for PIA03827". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 


  • Leask, H. J., L. Wilson, and K. L. Mitchell (2007), Formation of Mangala Fossa, the source of the Mangala Valles, Mars: Morphological development as a result of volcano-cryosphere interactions, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E02011, doi:10.1029/2005JE002644.
  • Leask, H. J., L. Wilson, and K. L. Mitchell (2007), Formation of Mangala Valles outflow channel, Mars: Morphological development and water discharge and duration estimates, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E08003, doi:10.1029/2006JE002851.
  • Leask, H. J., L. Wilson, and K. L. Mitchell (2006), Formation of Ravi Vallis outflow channel, Mars: Morphological development, water discharge, and duration estimates, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E08070, doi:10.1029/2005JE002550.

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