Tag Archives: wind erosion

HiRISE: Fall in the Hellas Basin

Fall in the Hellas Basin. We took this image during the Martian fall in the Southern Hemisphere, in the giant impact crater known as Hellas Basin where small boulders cast long shadows. The long shadows emphasize small scale topographic features. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Yardangs in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 12, 2018. This image shows part of eastern Candor Chasma. In the middle of the image is a set of linear ridges and valleys. These features are called yardangs and are created by uniform … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Mesa and dunes in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 9, 2018.  This image shows part of western Candor and the erosion of a large mesa. Layered materials are visible throughout the image. The dark material with the linear appearance in the middle of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Chaotic deposits in Candor Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 8, 2018. Candor Chasma is one of the largest canyons that make up Valles Marineris. It is approximately 810 km long (503 miles) and has is divided into two regions – eastern and western … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 4925, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

December 1, 2017: Opportunity Returns Fundamental Finding in Perseverance, Cruises Through Winter Solstice: Opportunity continued the historic winter science campaign inside Perseverance Valley and delivered the goods that confirmed an important discovery in November, and then cruised through winter solstice, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Yardangs – nature’s weathervanes

The prominent tear-shaped features in this image are erosional features called yardangs. Yardangs are composed of sand grains that have clumped together and have become more resistant to erosion than their surrounding materials. As the winds of Mars blow and … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Rough-textured ridge in Melas Chasma

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 29, 2017. This VIS image shows part of a large ridge of material near the south central part the canyon. The roughest looking material is the top of the ridge. Wind may also have … Continue reading

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Opportunity: 10 feet back upslope

Sol 4890, October 26, 2017. Seeking to examine some rocks upslope from Opportunity’s last position, scientists drove the rover about 10 feet back. This places the front of the rover where the instrument arm can work on a target area … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A highly disrupted crater

This 2.5-kilometer diameter crater has been significantly altered from the usual bowl-shaped appearance we associate with craters. Material has covered significant portions of the ejecta and filled in the crater. This fill material has since been subject to erosion—like boulders … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wind erosion on Hebes Mensa

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 17, 2017. The large mesa in the center of Hebes Chasma dominates this image. The top of the mesa is at the center of the image, with the cliff faces to the top and … Continue reading

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