Tag Archives: fluvial landforms

THEMIS: Near the river

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 1, 2019. This false color image contains several channel features. Towards the top of the image are several stream-lined islands, created by liquid flow eroding preexisting rock. The islands have a tear-drop shape, with … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Signs of ancient flowing water

These images from ESA’s Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that hint at a warmer, wetter past for the Red Planet. We see Mars as a cold, dry world, … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rolling down into Argyre Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 27, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows several small channels. These channels are along the break in topography, that leads down into Argyre Planitia. Argyre Planitia and Hellas Planitia are deep basins in the southern … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels flowing from a ridge

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 9, 2018. This VIS image is located in Terra Sirenum. The bright linear feature at the bottom of the image is the crest of a ridge. The multiple channel features toward the top of … Continue reading

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Mars & Earth river deltas branch in similar ways

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, October 16, 2018: Robert C. Mahon (University of New Orleans). Which morphologic features of sedimentary systems persist into the stratigraphic record? Ancient river deltas preserved as stratigraphic deposits on both Earth and Mars exhibit … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fan with inverted channels

This image shows inverted channels within a fan whose origin could be either fluvial (produced by the action of a stream) or alluvial (created by sedimentary deposits). If the fan is alluvial, then it formed on dry land. If the … Continue reading

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The largest delta on Mars?

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, September 1, 2018: Jacob Adler (Arizona State University). Ancient river deltas are found in many locations on Mars [see Di Achile & Hynek, 2010 and references therein], and are formed as sediment drops out … Continue reading

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River and lake landforms in Melas Chasma

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Joel Davis and five co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Episodic and Declining Fluvial Processes in Southwest Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris, Mars • Episodic fluvial processes occurred in the southwest Melas … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Winding channel of Nanedi Valles

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 30, 2018. This VIS image shows a section of Nanedi Valles, located in Xanthe Terra. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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Inverted terrain shows ancient stream-flow details

River deposits exist across the surface of Mars and record a surface environment from over 3.5 billion years ago that was able to support liquid water at the surface. A region of Mars named Aeolis Dorsa contains some of the … Continue reading

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