Tag Archives: wind streak

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 ...

Dune shadows

A Piece of Mars: Normally I post in color, but sometimes you need to back out to the grayscale images to see the big awesome things. This scene is 4.6x2.6 km (2.8x1.6 mi); the conical hill is 1.4 km (0.89 ...

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 - ...

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 ...

Missing bedrock

A piece of Mars: Wind flow on Mars can be quite dramatic. Here, a single wind-sculpted hill stands 1.5 km (0.93 mi) wide and 600 m (1970 ft) high (color shows elevation). That sounds big, but vastly larger is the ...

Wintery dune

A piece of Mars: A single dune sits on the surface of Mars, not too far from the north pole. It's early spring, but this far north the dune is still covered in white CO2 frost (as well as a ...

It’s a comet! No, wait…

A piece of Mars: Is it a comet? With Comet ISON in the news these days it's hard to tell. No, this is a brand-new meteorite impact on the surface of Mars. The impactor hit the ground, blasted through a ...

Screaming winds

A piece of Mars: This image is way up high on the Tharsis Montes on Mars, at an elevation of 5900 m (19,350 ft). At night the wind comes screaming down from some of the tallest mountains in the Solar ...

And the wind blew on

A piece of Mars: Small dunes (or possibly ripples) are likely no longer moving in today's winds. Or are they? Dark splotches on their upper (northern) sides suggest some kind of wind scour has recently occurred. Winds blow, create dunes, ...

Generations of wind-blown landscapes

A piece of Mars: Some places on Mars highlight just how effective the wind is at sculpting the surface. This is a good example. Dark and light stripes on the right show not one but two successive influxes of sand: ...