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THEMIS: Glacial terrain in Moreux Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 17, 2017. This image of Moreux Crater shows part of the central peak at the top of the frame, deposits of material from the crater rim at the bottom of the frame and sand … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Defrosting dunes within Chasma Boreale

This image shows a dune field in Chasma Boreale, which is a large trough that cuts into the North Polar ice cap. Some of the dunes in this image are quite long and sinuous with a slight bulge at one … Continue reading

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HRSC: Colorful dunes on wind-swept Mars

Dunes are prominent indicators of prevailing winds, as can be seen on this crater floor on Mars, imaged by ESA’s Mars Express on 16 May. Depressions such as impact craters can act as traps for sediments that have been blown … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Opposing dunes, opposing winds

On one side of this image, fairly textbook-looking barchan sand dunes sit atop the bedrock. Barchan dunes pointing in the opposite direction are just a few kilometers away to the east. In between these opposing barchan dunes are star dunes. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dunes of the Southern Highlands

Sand dunes are scattered across Mars and one of the larger populations exists in the Southern hemisphere, just west of the Hellas impact basin. The Hellespontus region features numerous collections of dark, dune formations that collect both within depressions such … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Barchan dune changes

Barchan dune changes in the Hellespontus region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Dunes in northern summer

This dune field formed near the base of the North Polar cap. Dunes require a source of loose particulate material to form. The source of the northern dune fields around the polar cap may be from the layers of dusty … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Changing dunes of Wirtz Crater

The large dark feature is a classic Martian sand dune. Most sand on Earth is made from the mineral quartz, which is white and bright. On Mars, most sand is composed of dark basalt, a volcanic rock. For this reason, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Barchan dunes

Consider the barchan dune. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Barchan dunes, Dulovo Crater region

Barchan dunes in the Dulovo Crater region. Beautiful Mars series.

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