This image shows a small rock.
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Image from: JPL/NASA
Pits and Holes in rocks of Mars
This image shows pits and holes in a small rock found by the Mars Pathfinder Rover. The Souffle rock also reveals a very pitted surface. These pits and holes are the result of sand caught up in the winds of Mars, scraping the rock's surface.
The rock shown in this picture is a special kind of sedimentary rock called a conglomerate. Other conglomerates found at the landing site include the Shark and Half Dome.
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