Stealth bomber dunes

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ESP_027854_2150_0.4xA 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 that blow in this area (probably seasonally). Dunes like this can form on Earth, but the older slip face tends to be quickly erased as the winds change. (HiRISE ESP_027854_2150, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)

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  1. joe says:

    looks like melted chocolate chips on a piece of brown glass

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