Tag Archives: dust

Black and tan

A Piece of Mars: Dunes in the top row in this 0.73x0.47 km (0.46x0.29 mi) scene are dark but those in the lower row are brighter. Why? They're all probably made out of the same kind of sand, which is ...

Dust trapped on the lee side

A Piece of Mars: This 0.95x1 km (.59x.62 mi) scene shows the center of a small dune field. The dunes are shaped by three winds blowing from three different directions: from the west-southwest, east, and south. The north-facing slopes are ...

Endless wind

A Piece of Mars: This 2.88x1.13 km (1.79x0.70 mi) scene shows quintessential Mars, with a 670 m diameter impact crater heavily modified by wind erosion. Both the crater floor and the surrounding terrain are covered by what is likely loosely-cemented ...

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 ...

Sand tails

A Piece of Mars: Up on the tallest volcanoes, the wind screams downhill at night. This 500x500m (0.31x0.31 mi) scene shows how dust is carried downhill, but only that which is trapped behind boulders and crater rims sticks around. The ...

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 ...

Shadows behind boulders

A Piece of Mars: Bright material (either dust or sand) has accumulated in the lee of wagon- to car-sized boulders in this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.34 mi) scene. It's perhaps something like the Rocknest sand shadow that Curiosity visited a few ...

Erosional remnants

A Piece of Mars: The erosionally-streamlined bright areas are on high ground. They are remnants of a vast dusty mantle that once covered this whole area - the rest of it has been blown away. The surrounding regions (check out ...

Landslides unlike any on Earth

A Piece of Mars: Click on this 0.96x0.54 km (0.6x0.33 mi) scene to see it in detail. Many thin, narrow landslides have formed on these dust-coated hills. As far as I'm aware, there's nothing like this on Earth. Inside the ...

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 ...