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THEMIS: Subdued northern plains craters

THEMIS Image of the Day, October 10, 2018. This VIS image shows the margin and ejecta surrounding two craters located in the northern plains. The rim and ejecta are very subdued compared to craters elsewhere in the same region. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Blast zone at Lonar Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 7, 2018. This VIS image shows the part of the crater rim and ejecta surrounding Lonar Crater in the northern plains of Vastitas Borealis. There is a fine scale, radial grooved outer layer of … Continue reading

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Crustal dichotomy: First a giant impact, then a superplume at the antipode

The result of collaboration between researchers at UC Berkeley, USA and the Institute of Earth Sciences, Taiwan, suggests a two-stage process to explain the martian crustal dichotomy. The dichotomy is a 5-km elevation difference between the northern and southern hemispheres … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Seasonal frost on crater slopes

Seasonal frost on crater slopes. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Dune maze craze

Dune maze craze. This image shows sand dunes on the northern plains in the spring, when the seasonal frost is sublimating (and making crazy patterns). The dunes have coalesced here into an interlocking maze. Polygons between the dunes are due … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Herd of dunes

Herd of dunes. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: A valley near the northern lowlands

The goal of this observation is to determine the source of the ridge within a possible moraine that is also present in another HiRISE image. A moraine is a mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Shore of the sand sea

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 22, 2017. Siton Undae is a large dune field located in the northern plains near Escorial Crater. Siton Undae is west of the crater and is one of three dune fields near the crater. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Low hill divides the dunes

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 21, 2017. Siton Undae is a large dune field located in the northern plains near Escorial Crater. Siton Undae is west of the crater and is one of three dune fields near the crater. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: “Dry spots” in the north polar sand sea

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 20, 2017. Siton Undae is a large dune field located in the northern plains near Escorial Crater. Siton Undae is west of the crater and is one of three dune fields near the crater. … Continue reading

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