THEMIS: Medusae Fossae formation yardangs

Medusae Fossae yardangs (THEMIS_IOTD_20190828)THEMIS Image of the Day, August 28, 2019. Yardangs are present at the top of this VIS image. These features are created by long term winds scouring a poor cemented surface material into linear ridges and valleys. These yardangs are part of the Medusa Fossae Formation.

It has been suggested that this region of Mars provides a large percentage of the surface dust seen around the planet. Ash falls from nearby volcanoes may have been the source of the surface materials eroded into these and other wind eroded landforms.

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