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The Grand Canyon of Mars and how it formed
This module from the Mars Exploration Curriculum revolves around the formation of Valles Marineris. Students investigate the formation of Mars' 3,000 mile-long rift valley. After investigating how a planet's surface can be altered and analyzing data and images from NASA's missions to Mars, students develop hypotheses to explain the rift valley's formation and amass evidence to support their ideas.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Module / Unit
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-010-540
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Mars Exploration Curriculum'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Jet Propulsion Laboratory