Tag Archives: sand dunes

HiRISE: Horse playing the flute

Horse playing the flute. Maybe you can see a horse playing a flute here, but really this is a portion of the floor of Eberswalde Crater, at one time candidate landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory.  The light-toned bedrock … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Small field of eroding dunes

Small field of eroding dunes. Just drifting away into oblivion… Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Powerful winds and streaming sands

Powerful winds and streaming sands. This observation shows sand dunes within the Hellespontus region of Mars. The sand appears to come from the layered mesas and knobs, features that have been eroded by powerful winds. In fact the origin of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Seasonal haloes and fractals

Seasonal haloes and fractals. In the spring, as the winter layer of dry ice covering the polar regions sublimates, there is a lot of action. The ice layer cracks and ruptures, and escaping gas lofts sand from the dunes above … Continue reading

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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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THEMIS: Crater sands in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 22, 2017. This is a false color image of Rabe Crater. In this combination of filters “blue” typically means basaltic sand. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Long swath across Rabe Crater in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 21, 2017. This is a false color image of Rabe Crater. In this combination of filters “blue” typically means basaltic sand. This VIS image crosses the entire crater and demonstrates how extensive the dunes … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rabe Crater’s pit in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 20, 2017. This is a false color image of Rabe Crater. In this combination of filters “blue” typically means basaltic sand. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rabe Crater dunes in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 19, 2017. This is a false color image of Rabe Crater. In this combination of filters “blue” typically means basaltic sand. The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can … Continue reading

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