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THEMIS: South polar ice cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 7, 2019. Today’s VIS image shows a small part of the south polar cap. The layering of the cap is easy to see. The layers record the seasonal deposition of dust and ice over … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar ice cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 31, 2018. This VIS image is located along the edge of the south polar cap. In the upper right corner the non-polar surface is visible. The tightly packed layers to the left are the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Clouds over south polar cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 25, 2018. This line of clouds is located over the ice of the south polar cap. At the time of year when this VIS image was collected (southern hemisphere summer), clouds are a common … Continue reading

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THEMIS: On the edge of the south polar ice cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 20, 2018. At the bottom of this image is the layered edge of the south polar cap. There are more layers visible between the bright polar material and the dark sand dunes at the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Clouds on a summer’s day

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 18, 2018. During southern summer, clouds are a common occurrence over the south polar cap. These dust clouds started as small dust devils visible near the top right corner of this VIS image. See … Continue reading

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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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