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HiRISE: Dune footprints in Hellas Planitia

These curious chevron shapes in southeast Hellas Planitia are the result of a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind. Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A song of dune and ice

A song of dune and ice. This image shows rare dunes superposed on elements of the polar cap near Olympia Undae, which is a vast dune field in the north polar region of Mars. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Renaudot Crater’s dunes in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 31, 2019. Today’s image shows part of the floor of Renaudot Crater, located on the margin between Terra Sabaea and Utopia Planitia. The small dark blue features at the top right corner of the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Herschel Crater floor in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 29, 2019. This false color image shows part of the floor of Herschel Crater. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Slopes and dunes of Sisyphi Cavi

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 2, 2019. This VIS image shows part of Sisyphi Cavi located in Noachis Terra near the south polar cap. Cavi are defined as steep sided depressions. Gullies dissect the cliff tops and dunes are … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Megadunes in Hyperborei Cavi

Megadunes in Hyperborei Cavi. A cavus is an irregular steep-sided depression usually in arrays or clusters. Plus: MEGADUNES! HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Kaiser Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 23, 2019. This VIS image shows large individual dunes on the floor of Kaiser Crater. Small dark lines to the right of the sand dunes are the tracks made by dust devils as they … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dunes in low southern latitudes

Dunes in low southern latitudes. The objective of this observation is to examine a small field of dunes. HiRISE Picture of the Day archive. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Bouncing boulders

Most debris on crater walls slides straight downhill. In this HiRISE image we see examples of boulders that have bounced downhill, not necessarily vertically. A prominent example looks like a dotted line from the top of the crater wall where … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Syrtis Major Planum in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 5, 2019. This false-color VIS image is located in the center of Syrtis Major Planum. At the top of the image is Nili Patera, a volcanic summit. The sand dunes located near Nili Patera … Continue reading

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