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South polar layers deposited regionally

Shallow Radar correlation of discrete units in one of the Red Planet’s largest ice reservoirs suggests that its material was emplaced as a single, regional deposit. One of Mars’s largest water ice reservoirs, the south polar layered deposits, consists of … Continue reading

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ExoMars TGO: South polar layered deposits

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured this view of part of the south polar ice cap on Mars on 13 May 2018. The poles of Mars have huge ice caps that are similar to Earth’s polar caps in Greenland and … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layered ice near the South Pole

The two largest ice sheets in the inner solar system are here on Earth, Antarctica and Greenland. The third largest is at the South Pole of Mars and a small part of it is shown here. Much like the terrestrial … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Pits in the south polar layered deposits

Pits in the south polar layered deposits. Beautiful Mars series.

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Radar gives new info on Mars climate change, polar cap ages

Three-dimensional (3-D) subsurface radar volumes generated from thousands of 2-D radar profiles are revealing new information about the polar regions of Mars, including more accurate mapping of CO2 and water ices, the discovery of buried impact craters, and new elevation … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Tiny spiders off south polar layered deposits

Tiny spiders off south polar layered deposits. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Southern ice cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 30, 2017. Do you see what I see? Looks like a plank of wood, with a beautiful grain to it. (THEMIS Art #137) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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THEMIS: Frost and south polar trough layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 26, 2017. Do you see what I see? Don’t be afraid, but it looks like a ghost! (THEMIS Art #133) More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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HiRISE: Erosion of the edge of the south polar layered deposits

This oblique view of the sloping edge of the stack of icy layers over the South Pole has some interesting morphologies. The slope appears to be eroding from a combination of landslides, block falls, and sublimation. The bright icy exposure … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Fragments of a climate history book

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 8, 2017. Today’s VIS image shows layered material near the south polar cap. Such layers contain a detailed, if partial, history of the martian climate. Scientists would love to read this “book,” however fragmentary, … Continue reading

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