Arabia Terra

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This image shows deposits in a crater located in Arabia Terra. Arabia is generally dust covered and dark streaks or dust avalanches are present in the crater walls. The dominant geologic process acting in this crater interior is wind erosion. The central crater deposits are eroded to form yardangs, or linear wind-sculpted hills that resemble an inverted boat hull. Deflation and abrasion are capable of eroding rock structures that are aligned parallel to wind direction. In the lower right hand side of the crater, a dark deposit has formed barchan sand dunes. These crescent shaped dunes have 'horns' that point downwind indicating general northwest to southeast wind direction. These dark sands probably played a role in the erosion and formation of the yardangs.

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Image ID: 
V03020004 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2002-08-19 22:31
Wed, 2002-10-16
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.017986 km/pixel
0.018117 km/pixel


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