Polar Cap Layers

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. Millions of years of alternating seasons have created the south polar cap. Ice is laid down during the winter and dust coats the ice in summer. The ice/dust cycle creates layers as the cap grows. The layers are revealed on the side of troughs that are eroded down into the cap.

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Image ID: 
V84339007 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2020-12-18 18:22
Fri, 2021-01-29
256 pixels (10 km)
3792 pixels (154 km)
0.040687 km/pixel
0.0413179 km/pixel


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