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HiRISE: Plains south of Valles Marineris

This enhanced-color sample reveals the incredible diversity of landforms on some Martian plains that appear bland and uniform at larger scales. Here we see layers, small channels suggesting water flow, craters, and indurated sand dunes. [More at link]

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HiRISE: Martian meanders and scroll-bars

This is a portion of an inverted fluvial channel in the region of Aeolis / Zephyria Plana, at the Martian equator. Channels become inverted when the sediments filling them become more resistant to erosion than the surrounding material. Here, the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Morning light on Reull Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 27, 2017. Today’s VIS image, made soon after local sunrise, shows a small portion of Reull Vallis. Reull Vallis is one of the major channels entering eastern Hellas Planitia. More THEMIS Images of the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Smooth and fractured deposits in Eridania valleys

The ancient highland channels in this image empty into the Eridania Basin (not visible), a large topographically low enclosure with smooth-appearing terrains that may have once contained a large paleolake or ancient sea. Water in these channels flowed to the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels in Noachis Terra craters

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 11, 2017. This VIS image shows several channels in and around unnamed craters in Noachis Terra. (If the channels look more like tubes or worms, remember that the sunlight is coming from the right … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Branching channels of Arda Valles

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 29, 2016. Today’s false color image shows some of the many channels that make up Arda Valles. Their shape and meandering courses suggest that they were eroded by flowing streams or rivers. The THEMIS … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels in Arda Valles

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 15, 2016. The numerous, closely spaced channels in this VIS image are part of Arda Valles. Such valley networks point to flowing streams and rivers in the distant martian past. More THEMIS Images of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels carving into Claritas Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 6, 2016. This VIS image shows several channels dissecting the higher elevations of Claritas Fossae. (Sunlight is coming from the right, as the image was taken in local morning, not long after sunrise.) More … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Channels in crater NE of Hellas Planitia

Channels in crater northeast of Hellas Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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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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