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Tributary-Like Branches

In a region near Hestia Rupes on the NW corner of Aphrodite Terra lies a complex network of narrow (<1 km) bright channels. This network exhibits tributary-like branches similar to those observed in river systems on Earth. However, the angular intersections of these tributaries suggest control by faulting. The tributaries may be due to drainage of lava along preexisting fractures. The main tectonic fabric of this region can be observed in the NE-SW trending ridges.

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