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HiRISE: Count the boulders in Krupac Crater

Count the boulders in Krupac Crater. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Youthful dark-rayed crater with boulders

A youthful dark rayed crater with boulders. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Trundling boulders

This picture of the rim of Eos Chasma in Valles Marineris shows active erosion of the Martian surface. Layered bedrock is exposed in a steep cliff on a spur of the canyon rim. Dark layers in this cliff are made … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Spirit Mound workspace

Sols 4505-07, September 26-28, 2016. Above is a shot looking over Spirit Mound toward a boulder field out on the floor of Endeavour Crater. At right is a three-shot composite (1.7 MB) taken over three sols of the workspace that … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Slope instability

One small section of this image shows boulders that have rolled down the slope of a crater wall. The boulders vary in size, with the largest one approximately 6 meters across. Unlike the boulder in a previous image, this one … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Boulder field in Utopia Planitia

Boulder field in Utopia Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Boulder festival in Masursky Crater

This image covers part of the chaotic terrain in Masursky Crater, and was targeted due to evidence that ejecta from Mojave Crater—to the south—may have modified the landscape. Mojave Crater may be the most recent large (more than 50-kilometer wide) … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Boulders on a landslide

The striking feature in this image is a boulder-covered landslide along a canyon wall. Landslides occur when steep slopes fail, sending a mass of soil and rock to flow downhill, leaving behind a scarp at the top of the slope. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Boulders in gully alcoves

Gullies are often found on steep slopes. In the winter, this area is covered with a layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice). In the spring, when the ice warms up and transitions to gas, it dislodges material on the … Continue reading

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Watch for falling rocks

A new investigation of Cerberus Fossae using HiRISE images shows that Mars is probably seismically active now or in the recent past. The clues are tracks left by boulders as they rolled downhill. Gerald Roberts (University of London) and colleagues … Continue reading

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