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Mars sand moves under different conditions than Earth sand

Wind has shaped the face of Mars for millennia, but its exact role in piling up sand dunes, carving out rocky escarpments or filling impact craters has eluded scientists until now. In the most detailed analysis of how sands move … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Central deposits in Pasteur Crater

Central deposits in Pasteur Crater. Caption throwback: The deposits in this image are eroding into knobs and ridges. The erosion is probably dominated by wind, as most of the ridges are parallel. This is common in wind-eroded features, with the … Continue reading

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Winds of Jezero Crater

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Mackenzie Day and Taylor Dorn recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.] Wind in Jezero crater, Mars • Modern winds in Jezero crater come from the east, but ancient winds came from the southwest • … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Streaking on Mars

Streaking on Mars. Wind streaking, that is. Here’s the suggester’s rationale for acquiring this image: “There’s a field of two-tailed bright wind streaks here that are really neat. They seem unique to the area. It would be nice to get … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mysterious features on crater floor

Mysterious! These interesting-looking features are on the floor of crater near Amazonis Mensa. They might be wind-driven erosional features. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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HiRISE: Martian haze

A massive, planet-encircling dust storm occurred on Mars during the summer of 2018, resulting in many images where the surface could not be seen due to the dust. This is a problem for HiRISE but also gives us an exciting … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Channels and ripples along crater walls

Channels and ripples along crater walls. From the science rationale: “We would like a HiRISE image of the selected area to look for evidence of both fluvial and aeolian processes on the crater wall. Specifically, we are looking for channels … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wind-driven blowouts in Eumenides Dorsum

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 17, 2018. Eumenides Dorsum is a large linear rise located in southern Amazonis Planitia. Erosion by wind action is prevalent in this region. The horseshoe shaped depressions, called blowouts, indicate the major wind direction … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Inverted channel on elevated terrain

An inverted channel on elevated terrain. Interesting fluvial processes that might help improve our understanding of the deposits in the Medusae Fossae Formation. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Cross-bed geometry in upper Mt. Sharp

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, August 1, 2018: One of the most environmentally diagnostic features of sedimentary rocks is cross-bedding, which occurs when sediment is transported by wind, water, or volcanic processes, resulting in horizontal strata composed of inclined … Continue reading

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