Tag Archives: aeolian

The real tetrahedrons of Mars

A Piece of Mars: The real tetrahedrons of Mars are dunes, built by winds blowing sand from more than one direction. This 0.5x0.5 km (0.31x0.31 mi) area shows a dune formed from two winds that are about 90 degrees apart: ...

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 ...

A big rock in a big air stream

A Piece of Mars: Sand pours in from the top of this 1.95x1.95 km (1.21x1.21 mi) scene. The sand piles up and up (here ~115 m or 377 ft high), but ahead (at the bottom) is a mountain poking up. ...

More Earth-like views of Mars

A Piece of Mars: In a recent post (Dunes in a Colorful Hole), I showed some dunes crawling over layered terrain, with a view that looked a lot like some desert regions of Earth. Here's another spot on Mars (0.95x1.1 ...

Windblown or not? Probably…

A Piece of Mars: This 0.95x0.95 km (0.59x0.59 mi) scene shows an eroding surface punctured by some old craters. Long, thin lines seem to form in the wake of many brighter knobs. Are those thin lines windblown in origin? They ...

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 ...

Mars’ yin-yangs

A Piece of Mars: Is this 480x270 m (0.3x0.17 mi) scene showing a 150 m (492 ft) wide yin-yang symbol on Mars? Sort of, maybe, if you blur your eyes and lend me artistic license, but it's not doing so ...

The trail of a dune

A Piece of Mars: A low, broad dune occupies the center of this 800x450 m (0.5x0.28 mi) scene, blown by a dominant wind towards the lower left. The slip face on the lee side has several small avalanches, formed as ...

Them that make ripples and them that don’t

A Piece of Mars: Higher ground is to the left. You're seeing a tan layer sandwiched between two gray layers in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. Large ripples have accumulated in the lowest area to the right, which is ...