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Geomorphology of potential tsunami deposits

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, December 1, 2016: Alexis Rodriguez (Planetary Science Institute). The Martian northern lowlands are thought to currently be extensively covered by an ice-rich deposit, interpreted by some researchers to be the residue of an ancient … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Expanded craters in northern lowlands

This image shows many small craters over a larger degraded one in the northern lowlands. These small craters are smoother and shallower than their counterparts closer to the equator. Scientists believe this difference is a result of impact into a … Continue reading

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Mega-tsunamis likely altered Mars landscape

The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Highlands to lowlands in far-west Arabia

From the highlands to the lowlands in the far western Arabia region. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Cratered cones in Acidalia Planitia

This image shows part of a broad plain covered with cratered cones and domes in the Northern lowlands of Mars. These cones are typically lighter and smoother than their surroundings, and also have different colors. One possible explanation for these … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Crater dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 18, 2016. Today’s VIS image shows a sand sheet with surface dune forms located on the floor of an unnamed crater in Vastitas Borealis. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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HiRISE: Fresh crater on the northern plains

A fresh crater on the northern plains — Geologically speaking, of course. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Lonar Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 11, 2016. This VIS image shows Lonar Crater. This is a fairly pristine crater, with a steep slope on the interior of the rim and little to no deposition of material on the floor. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in McLaughlin Crater

McLaughlin Crater (21.9 N, 337.6 E) is a large, approximately 95-kilometer diameter impact crater located north of Mawrth Vallis, in Arabia Terra, a region that was made famous by the book and movie “The Martian” by Andy Weir. McLaughlin Crater … Continue reading

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THEMIS: The Martian, Part 1: Acidalia Planitia

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 12, 2015. All this week, the THEMIS Image of the Day is following on the real Mars the path taken by fictional astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on the Red Planet in the book and … Continue reading

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