Dunes Near the South Pole - False Color

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations of the surface not easily identified in a single band image. Today's false color image shows a field of dunes in an unnamed crater. This crater has been partially covered by the polar ice of Ultima Lingula. The dunes are bounded by ice on one side and the rim of the crater on the other side. Dunes at high latitudes - near the polar caps - are affected by seasonal frost and ice. The interactions with frost/ice reduces the amount of movement of sand grains within the dunes. This changes the morphology of near-polar dunes when compared to dunes at lower latitudes where ice/frost do not occur as frequently.

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Image ID: 
V67539007 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2017-03-06 02:12
Fri, 2020-08-14
512 pixels (17 km)
1824 pixels (61 km)
0.033737 km/pixel
0.0341257 km/pixel


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