Some peculiarities on the way along the Delta



 Many "young" tectonic fault lines in the foreland of the Delta.

Tectonic fault line (not a channel)

Fragments from the eroded ash deposits of the delta


The rover is approaching the delta and has photographed more interesting details at sol-397. Surprisingly, a number of rounded stones have been documented, which normally signal activities
 of flowing water. A broken stone, however, allows a completely different conclusion. It is a hollow stone of two chambers filled with dust (?).
We can therefore assume that the rounded stones are volcanic geodes.

A closer look at these new photos suggests an assemblage of volcanic rocks such as laminated ash and remains of lava. Nothing is fluvial.


This laminar structured deposits clearly consist of volcanic ash particles

It seems to be lava



Cyclically deposited ash layers of varying hardness and modeled by wind erosion

A small igneous ultramafic boulder

Another ultramfic rock on the way shows reflections or bright inclusions

Wonderful examples of coarse ash deposits

Another example of layered tiny-grained ash deposits


No chance to find fluvial sediments


These could be the basal ash layers of the eroded delta


This photo of the delta scap at sol 427 repeatedly documents a local unconformity over tilted ash deposits. Cross-bedding, as we know it in fluvial deposits, is not plausible.
Rather, it can be assumed that there was a time gap during the spread of the dry ice glacier. The older and tilted block was caused by an other szenario (Transport ?).

Sol-453: Here are to see some vertical cracks caused by a transport of the blocks

Now also is clear that the compact slabs above is also of ash.The holes are caused by wind erosion.


Sol-458: An impressive example with cracks in a non-sedimentary rock slab caused by movement energy.

An isolated cairn with some eye-catching details:


No.1. Lava again

No.2. A dusty rock with many gas pores ?

No.3+4. Bright mineral ribbons ?
(see page-3)