Tag Archives: aeolian

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 ...

What is burying what?

A piece of Mars: There's an egg-shaped plateau here (the whole scene is 480x270 m or 525x295 yd across, the "egg" is ~100 m long). It's partly covered by dunes that have extended across it. Or were the dunes there ...

Dust devils and wind scours on ripples on dunes

A piece of Mars: So much wind. There are dark swirly tracks of dust devils that have passed by, ripples covering dunes, wind scours around rocks, and of course dunes. Dune crests have a different color than other regions: are ...

Frosty dunes

A piece of Mars: In this image (0.96x0.54 km or 0.6x0.33 mi), it's late winter and the sun is barely above the horizon here near the north pole. The dunes are covered in winter frost, most of which is CO2 ...

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 ...

Martian lace

A piece of Mars: This 300x300 m (984x984 ft) scene shows bright windblown dunes or ripples arrayed in a lacy pattern (the biggest ones are about 5 m, or 16 ft, across). This is near the landing site of Ares ...

Melty dunes

A Piece of Mars: With all due apologies to followers of the show Coupling, I have to call these things "melty dunes". This link shows what a crisp dune should look like. The dunes in this 600x450 m (0.37x0.28 mi) ...

Dunes ignoring small hills

A piece of Mars: What happens to dunes as they move over rough terrain? This is what a barchan looks like on a relatively flat surface. If the hills are smaller than the dune, then it does its best to ...

On Mars, the wind wins

A piece of Mars: This scene (600x450 m or 1969x1476 ft) is covered in small craters, formed by the splash of a larger crater nearby. They cover everything, even the bright ripples visible on the right. So the ripples ...

Wind eroded mantle

A piece of Mars: The curving ridge of a mountain has signs of many small landslides. Mantled on top of these is an older set of landslides that has been partially eroded away. The rippled edge of this older deposit ...