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Long Channel

This long open channel in Vires-Akka Chasma ranges in width from under 1 km (3300 ft) to 4 km (2 mi). The portion of the channel visible here is over 120 km (72 mi) long. Scour lines are visible along the length of the channel, particularly where it makes abrupt turns. The channel may have been carved by very fluid lava that remained liquid as it flowed over great distances due to the extreme surface temperatures. Because the lava remained fluid it eroded preexisting terrain along its path.

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