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THEMIS: Terra Sirenum crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 3, 2019. Dark dunes fill part of the floor of this unnamed crater in Terra Sirenum. There are numerous gullies on the rim of the crater. Winds are moving the sand towards the upper … Continue reading

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Dunes decrease in size at high southern latitudes, likely from ground ice cementation

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Maria Banks and seven co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Patterns in Mobility and Modification of Middle‐ and High‐Latitude Southern Hemisphere Dunes on Mars • The mobility of dunes and ripples … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dunes on the move in Aonia Terra

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 28, 2018. Located in the center of this VIS image is a group of sand dunes. With enough wind and sand, sand dunes are formed. Dune morphology typically has a shallow slope on the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: On the edge of the south polar ice cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 20, 2018. At the bottom of this image is the layered edge of the south polar cap. There are more layers visible between the bright polar material and the dark sand dunes at the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Tapestry of dunes in Proctor Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 14, 2018. This VIS image shows part of the extensive dune field on the floor of Proctor Crater. Proctor Crater is located in Noachis Terra. See more THEMIS Images of the Day by geological … 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: Dunes in the shapes of Ts and Vs

Dunes in the shapes of Ts and Vs. They also look like funnel shapes. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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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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New terrestrial analog for martian megaripple dunes

A new paper [published in Icarus] by M. Foroutan (U. Waterloo, Canada) and co-authors describes the first terrestrial dark sand dunes similar to a type of mysterious dune found on Mars.  These megaripples, found surrounding the remote volcanic caldera Wau-an-Namus, … Continue reading

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