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Chryse Planitia




Chryse Planitia
A relatively smooth, circular plain, possibly an ancient impact basin, in the north equatorial region of Mars, 1,600 km (1,000 miles) across and 2.5 km (1.5 miles) below the average planetary surface. It appears to have suffered water erosion in the past (see Mars, water on) and was chosen as the site of the Viking 1 landing in 1976.


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