Tag Archives: ice

Mars’ giant bubble wrap

A Piece of Mars: This 0.7x0.5 km (0.43x.31 mi) scene shows Mars' giant yellow bubble wrap, with each "bubble" about 100 m across (seriously, don't you want to pop them?). These are actually a type of dune called a "dome ...

Dunes fighting for survival

A Piece of Mars: Having a bad day? You're in good company with these dunes in this 0.96x0.48 km (0.6x0.3 mi) scene. The gray barchanoid dunes are covered in ripples, as the wind valiantly tries to push the sand to ...

Hills made by wind and ice

A Piece of Mars: A fluid is something that fills a container it's put into, and it includes both gas and liquids. This 0.7x0.5 km (0.43x0.31 mi) scene shows hills of sediment left behind by two different fluids (wind and ...

Who wins in the fight of wind vs. ice?

A Piece of Mars: This is the crest of one of the largest dunes on Mars (0.5x0.5 km or 0.31x0.31 mi). The wind mostly blows from the right, slowly pushing sand up the windward slope. But frost accumulates on (and ...

Light and dark

A Piece of Mars: This 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) late winter scene is a study in contrast. The dark top half is uniformly rippled. This is the shady surface of the main windward side of one of Mars' biggest dunes, ...

Shades and textures

A Piece of Mars: This 480x270 m (0.3x0.17 mi) scene shows the contact between two very different terrains. On the left is a bright surface with polygonal cracks (characteristic of periglacial terrain - this is at a high latitude). On ...

Eroded dune

A Piece of Mars: Barchan dunes on Mars have a characteristic crescent shape, with a steep slope ("slip face") on the inside of the sharpest curve (see examples like this, this, these, or this). This image (873x491 m, or 0.54x0.31 ...

How to hide geology on Mars

A Piece of Mars: Three things are trying to hide in this 0.96x0.48 km (0.6x0.3 mi) scene. 1) Craters are slowly being both scoured and buried by migrating sand, 2) the sand itself is hiding in the lee of crater ...

Springtime for sand dunes and polar ice

A Piece of Mars: This 480x270 m (0.3x0.17 mi) scene shows a dark dune peeking out from under its cover of winter frost. In this picture it's late spring, but still cold up at this latitude - it's as far ...

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 ...