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Orbital changes drive deposition of south polar layered deposits

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Patricio Becerra and seven co-authors recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.] Timescales of the Climate Record in the South Polar Ice Cap of Mars • Patterns in the stratigraphy of Mars’ south polar ice … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 14, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The numerous layers that comprise the polar cap are readily visible. The cap was built up over millions of years of deposition … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Frost-free southern polar cap features

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 6, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The dark bands are troughs. The multiple layers of dust and ice that comprise the polar cap are visible in the trough … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar cap at summer’s end

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 3, 2019. This VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. The cap is comprised of layers of ice and dust deposited over millions of years. This image was collected at the end … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar outliers

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 26, 2019. This VIS image is located near the south polar cap and exhibits the same layering of ice and dust. Outliers are regions that were once part of a larger regional feature but … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Layers in Cavi Angusti

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 25, 2019. Cavi Angusti is located near the south polar cap and consists of large irregular steep-sided depressions termed cavi. Layering is visible within the large cavi at the top of the image. Explore … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A crater on the south polar layered deposits

This image is part of a campaign to image potential impact craters in the south polar layered deposits (ice cap). This feature looks like a strong candidate for an impact crater because it is very circular are still has a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Eroded layers in the south polar ice cap

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 21, 2019. This VIS image shows layering in the south polar cap. Such layers are laid down by the seasonal changes and interweave dust and ice. Then they are eroded by winds and seasonal … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wood-grain patterns in ice and dust

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 20, 2019. This VIS image shows layering in the south polar cap. The layers are formed over thousands of years of seasonal change, reflecting ice and dust surface deposition. Where the layers appear close … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Everything is (well) illuminated

The south polar layered deposits are icy layers that have been deposited over millions of years, preserving a climate history of Mars. In this image the layers are well illuminated to accentuate the topography. A prior image of this location … Continue reading

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