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HiRISE: Cataracts in Kasei Valles

Obviously these are not the kind of cataracts that can develop in the lenses of your eyes, but large erosional scallops that form in river channels, like the Niagara Falls draining the Great Lakes of North America. Cataracts are large … Continue reading

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Karun Valles & its braided alluvial fan

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, September 29, 2016: Solmaz Adeli (DLR, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin). The Amazonian period on Mars, meaning roughly the last 3 Ga, is globally believed to have been cold and hyperarid [e.g., Marchant and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: At the head of a Kasei Valles cataract

On Earth, cataracts represent regions where a river’s gradient increases enough to create so much turbulence, that air gets incorporated into the water body forming a bubbly current sometimes called “whitewater”. This image covers a location that may have acted … Continue reading

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