Tag Archives: dust

Shadows behind boulders

A Piece of Mars: Bright material (either dust or sand) has accumulated in the lee of wagon- to car-sized boulders in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. It's perhaps something like the Rocknest sand shadow that Curiosity visited a few ...

Erosional remnants

A Piece of Mars: The erosionally-streamlined bright areas are on high ground. They are remnants of a vast dusty mantle that once covered this whole area - the rest of it has been blown away. The surrounding regions (check out ...

Landslides unlike any on Earth

A Piece of Mars: Click on this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.33 mi) scene to see it in detail. Many thin, narrow landslides have formed on these dust-coated hills. As far as I'm aware, there's nothing like this on Earth. Inside the ...

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 ...

A light touch

A Piece of Mars: This 3.2x1.8 km (2x1.1 mi) area shows terrain covered by bright dust. Dark stripes are areas where wind has lightly scoured the surface, revealing the dark material beneath. Faint bright lines criss-cross the surface - ...

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 long, low dune

A piece of Mars: A long, low dune covered in long, linear ripples stretches across the scene (600x450 m; 1969x1476 ft). Dark gray areas on the dune show where sand has most recently moved. A small slip face has formed ...

Panda stripe dustslides

A piece of Mars: This 600x450 m (1969x1476 ft) scene of a hillside shows new, dark dustslides that slid downhill (to the lower left). Faint stripes of older dustslides are visible, covered by bright dust and small ripples. Thousands of ...

Flow

A piece of Mars: This is a bit of the flank of Arsia Mons, one of Mars' great volcanoes. The big changes in topography are ancient relics of erosion by lava and great tectonic pulling. What I like is that ...

How we know wind blows down Olympus Mons’ flanks

A piece of Mars: It's similar to my last post, but I love these wind tails. This is a tiny bit of the eastern slope of the gigantic volcano, Olympus Mons. The dusty surface has been covered by boulders (the ...