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THEMIS: Kaiser Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 15, 2019. This VIS image is located in Kaiser Crater and shows several individual dunes. These dunes’ dark tone suggests they are free of dust, hence active. With continued winds sand dunes will move … Continue reading

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THEMIS: High-latitude dune field

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 14, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows a dune field on a crater floor in Terra Cimmeria. Dunes at high latitudes – near the polar caps – are affected by seasonal frost and ice. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Sand sheet in Matara Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 13, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows the sand deposit on the floor of Matara Crater. The deposit is thick enough to hide the underlying crater floor creating a sheet of sand. Upon this sheet … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Noachis crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 8, 2019. Sand dunes cover part of the floor of this unnamed crater in Noachis Terra. Their dark tint suggests they are relatively free of light-toned dust, hence probably active under winds currently. See … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dune swirl in Terra Cimmeria

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 6, 2019. Sand dunes cover part of the floor of this unnamed crater in Terra Cimmeria. See more THEMIS Images of the Day by geological subject.

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HiRISE: A first look at dunes

This image shows us a cross-section of a dune field. Dune shape depends on several factors, including the amount of sand present and the local wind directions. This dune field displays several distinct dune morphologies. We see both individual barchan-like … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Sand sheet in Halley Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 24, 2018. This VIS image shows part of the dune field on the floor of Halley Crater. Rather than small individual sand dunes, the sand here is collected into a sand sheet and dune … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Active dune field in Noachis

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 13, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows sand dunes on the floor of an unnamed crater in Noachis Terra. These dunes are likely active because they are dark, indicating that they move often enough to … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Gullies in Noachis Terra

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 10, 2018. Numerous channels, also called gullies, dissect the rim of this unnamed crater in Noachis Terra. (Note that the lighting in this image comes from the lower right.) At upper right lies a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Halley Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 6, 2018. Halley Crater is located on the western side of Argyre Planitia. Sand dunes cover part of the crater floor. The dunes’ dark tone indicates they are free from dust. This in turn … Continue reading

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