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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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HiRISE: Active dunes in Wirtz Crater

These gorgeous dunes are likely active, with ripples on their upwind slopes and dark streaks on their downwind slopes forming and changing due to wind-driven sand motion. This motion will also keep the dune brink (the edge between the two … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Active dunes in Noachis Terra

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 28, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a sand sheet with surface dunes forms on the floor of an unnamed crater in Noachis Terra. Dark dunes indicate active dunes: Winds stir the sand, which kicks … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dunes in Kaiser Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 23, 2018. This VIS image shows part of the floor of Kaiser Crater, including several sand dunes. Kaiser Crater is located in Noachis Terra. The dunes’ dark tone indicates they are free of dust, … Continue reading

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Seeing Mars in a grain of sand

[Ed. note: The following is a guide to two recent special issues of the Journal of Geophysical Research; both collect papers reporting on studies of the Bagnold Dunes in Gale Crater. The guide complements the MSL report posted earlier here.] … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dunes in south Xainza Crater

Dunes in south Xainza Crater. They look so innocent… Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Monitoring active dunes in east Meridiani Planum

Monitoring active dunes in east Meridiani Planum. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma

Ongoing dune activity in Ganges Chasma. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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