Huge wind-made cliffs

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PSP_006694_1895_16384ppdA piece of Mars: Topography in color is draped over an image of a windblown cliff. The entire shape of the landscape here was formed by wind, from the large 400 m (1312 ft) tall zigzag cliff, to the small streamlined shapes in the valley. Even the deep gorge that looks like a stream channel was formed by winds, all blowing toward the upper left. (HiRISE PSP_006694_1895 NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona, HRSC ESA/DLR/FU Berlin)

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  1. William says:

    Hey Lori, I’ve witnessed this type of wind landscaping in snowfall at our beach house over Christmas week 2010 when Mother Nature dropped 30″+on us. Winds where directly North to South at 23 knots sustained for the 2 day snowfall event…the carving and piling up of the snow cliffs with tunnels bored right thru some 8 foot drifts was truly amazing.
    BUT…))), how can wind sculpt cliffs from out of martian rock ?? To my untrained eye it appears water has worked its magic….
    Please, please direct me to images of such wind blown rock or cliff formations here on Earth, I need to get my minds eye around this.
    Thanks, William

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