Tag Archives: periglacial terrain

THEMIS: The many textures of Gordii Dorsum

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 24, 2018. This VIS image is located at the northern end of Gordii Dorsum, where the surface slopes down into southern Amazonis Planitia. Within this image are several different surfaces and textures. At the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Translucent ice

Translucent ice. Also note the polygonal ground, another feature of expanding and contracting subsurface ice. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Dunes and glacial deposits in Moreux Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 30, 2018. Moreux Crater is located in the northern part of Terra Sabaea. The crater has a region of sand dunes on the crater floor, as well as features that are similar to glacial … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Lace terrain near craters

Lace terrain near craters. Are these interesting channels due to seasonal sublimation and erosion? Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: The exposed exterior of a modified crater in Tantalus Fossae

The exposed exterior of a modified crater in Tantalus Fossae. Many craters in this area have been extensively modified, but few are sitting on the edge of a graben like this. This position exposes parts of the crater exterior and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The Case of the Martian Boulder Piles

This image was originally meant to track the movement of sand dunes near the North Pole of Mars, but what’s on the ground in between the dunes is just as interesting! The ground has parallel dark and light stripes from … Continue reading

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Geologically recent glacial melting on Mars

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, March 1, 2018: Frances E.G. Butcher (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK). Thousands of putative debris-covered glaciers in Mars’ middle latitudes host water ice in volumes comparable to that of all glaciers and ice caps … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Stranger (crater) things

Stranger (crater) things. Could this deposit at the bottom of an impact crater be a relic of glacial features? Beautiful Mars series.

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Enigmatic clastic polygons on Mars

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, February 1, 2018: Laura Brooker (Open University, Milton Keynes, UK). Polygonal ground of centimetre- to decametre-scale is one of the most common features found in cold-climate regions on Earth and on Mars. Polygonal shapes … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Hexagons in icy terrain

Ground cemented by ice covers the high latitudes of Mars, much as it does in Earth’s cold climates. A common landform that occurs in icy terrain are polygons. Polygonal patterns form by winter cooling and contraction cracking of the frozen … Continue reading

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