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A mega-landslide on Mars

The vast Thaumasia plateau on Mars is fringed by extensive zones of deformation. Topographic and structural analysis suggests that the plateau may have slipped in a massive landslide, deforming its margins in the process.

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Figure 1: Thaumasia's secrets.


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Andrews-Hanna, J. A mega-landslide on Mars. Nature Geosci 2, 248–249 (2009).

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