Tag Archives: active

Grainfall

A Piece of Mars: The dunes climbing over a rocky surface in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene are mostly yellow because they're covered (and therefore kept immobile) by dust. The crest of one dune, though, shows recent activity: dark ...

Dunes and rock hurdles in Gale crater (3D)

A Piece of Mars: Wind from the upper left is blowing dark dunes toward the lower right in this 1.92x1.08 km (1.19x0.67 mi) anaglyph (if you don't have your red/blue 3D glasses handy, you can also check out the black ...

Itty bitty changes: places where the wind barely moves sand

A Piece of Mars: Not all dunes on Mars are moving at a measurable pace. This 0.96x0.45 km (0.6x0.28 mi) scene looks a lot like one I posted 3 years ago called Martian Sports. This image shows the same dunes ...

The wind paints

A Piece of Mars: For the last few billion years, the wind has (by far) moved more sediment around on Mars than any other geological process. Not tectonics, volcanism, fluvial activity, or impact cratering (although a case has been made ...

It’s a rock-eat-rock world

A Piece of Mars: This 738 x 415 m (0.46 x 0.26 mi) scene shows dark sand flowing down a channel bisected by a ~60 m (~200 ft) tall, thin "island". That island, and many others around it (see the ...

Curiosity about sand dunes (part 1/2)

Sorry for the pun in the title there, but NASA asked for it by naming their rover like that. And you've seen it done a hundred times, so let's grit our teeth, smile, and carry on. Anyway. So I'm more excited now ...

Stealth bomber dunes

A piece of Mars: These dunes look strangely triangular, a little bit like a flock of stealth bombers. Why? They're two-faced barchans. Each flat face is an avalanche slope that faces downwind, formed by one of two distinct wind patterns ...

Small dunes on Mars

A piece of Mars: These dunes are some of the smallest on Mars. The smallest in this frame is ~150 m long (492 ft). But the smallest Earth dunes are ~20 m across. Why are they so much bigger on ...

The looming dune

A piece of Mars: this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.33 mi) scene shows a large, rippled dune that is slowly marching towards the upper right. The smooth striped band running from upper left to lower right is the slip face, where sand ...

Rivers of freezing gas

A piece of Mars: This 600x450 m (1969x1476 ft) polar scene shows sinuous channels 2-8 m (7-26 ft) wide carved out of ice-filled and ice-covered terrain. They're not formed by flowing water, but instead by flowing gas that gets trapped ...