Dalmatian Terrain

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The polar regions of Mars have surfaces than can show dark spots on a brighter background. These surfaces are informally called 'dalmatian terrain' because of their appearance. This image shows this type of terrain in a valley within the southern polar layered deposits, not too far from the south polar cap. Elsewhere, defrosting dunes have shown a similar spotted pattern. Perhaps this 'dalmatian terrain' is a distinctive pattern that forms over all defrosting patches of sand.

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Image ID: 
V06317004 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2003-05-18 06:24
Tue, 2003-06-10
1024 pixels (17 km)
3648 pixels (62 km)
0.017104 km/pixel
0.017228 km/pixel


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