Tag Archives: fluvial channels

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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THEMIS: Channels across lava plains near Nirgal Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 22, 2017. Do you see what I do? Someone on Mars is smiling at me. (THEMIS Art #131) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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How hard did it rain on Mars?

Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet’s impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago, according to a new study published in Icarus. In the paper, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the Johns … Continue reading

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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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