Nanedi Valles

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Nanedi Valles
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Nanedi Valles, as seen by THEMIS. Click on image to see more details.
Coordinates4°54′N 49°00′W / 4.9°N 49.0°W / 4.9; -49.0Coordinates: 4°54′N 49°00′W / 4.9°N 49.0°W / 4.9; -49.0

Nanedi Valles is a large valley in the Lunae Palus quadrangle of Mars, located at 4.9° N and 49.0° W. It is 508.0 km long and was named for the word for "planet" in Sesotho, the national language of Lesotho, Africa.[1]

Nanedi Valles is located between Shalbatana Vallis and upper Maja Valles. It is 4 km wide at its northern end. Its shape is similar to that of Nirgal Vallis, being very sinuous and having only a few short branches.[2]

Unusually for Martian valleys, the individual channel structures within the wider valley floors can occasionally be seen in this system.[3]



  1. ^ "Nanedi Valles". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ Baker, V. 1982. The Channels of Mars. University of Texas Press. Austin
  3. ^ Malin, M.C., and Carr, M.H. (1999), Groundwater formation of martian valleys, Nature, 397, 589-592

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