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HiRISE: A sequence of beauty in Terby Crater

The north-facing wall of a moat-like depression in the middle of Terby Crater exposes a beautiful 400 meter-high sequence of light-toned, repetitive sedimentary layers. These deposits are often obscured by darker-toned patches of material as well as ripples and dunes. … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Possible aqueous sediments in Hellas Planitia

Possible aqueous sediments in Hellas Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: The White Cliffs of ‘Rover’

This image reminds us of the rugged and open terrain of a stark shore-line, perhaps of an island nation, such as the British Isles. A close-up in enhanced color produces a striking effect, giving the impression of a cloud-covered cliff … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Asimov Crater’s sedimentary infill

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 1, 2017. Today’s false color image shows more of Asimov Crater. Gullies along the crater rim are visible in this image. Where did the crater’s infill come from?  What is removing it? The THEMIS … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Complex terrain on floor of Hellas Planitia

Complex terrain on the floor of Hellas Planitia. Beautiful Mars series.

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HiRISE: Clinoforms down in Melas Chasma

This group of steeply inclined light-toned layers is bounded above and below by unconformities (sudden or irregular changes from one deposit to another) that indicate a “break” where erosion of pre-existing layers was taking place at a higher rate than … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A sneak peek into Saheki’s secret layers

Saheki Crater is large, about 84 kilometers across, and located in the Southern highlands of Mars, to the north of Hellas Planitia. It’s filled with beautiful alluvial fans that formed when water (likely melting snow) carried fine material, such as … Continue reading

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Sedimentary basins on Mars contain a lot more sediments than we thought!

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, March 30, 2017: Francesco Salese (Italian Space Agency). The nature of the early Martian climate is one of the major unanswered questions of planetary science. To date the geologic evidence that Mars once had … Continue reading

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HiRISE: To great depths

Hellas is an ancient impact structure and is the deepest and broadest enclosed basin on Mars. It measures about 2,300 kilometers across and the floor of the basin, Hellas Planitia, contains the lowest elevations on Mars. The Hellas region can … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Fans and crater floor deposits southeast of Vinogradov Crater

This white, purple, and pink surface is located on the floor of an impact crater on the southeast rim of the larger Vinogradov Crater in southern Margaritifer Terra. The surface consists of what is left of a series of thin … Continue reading

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