Memnonia Sulci

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image shows some of the extensive wind etched terrain in Memnonia Sulci, located east of Apollinaris Mons. Memnonia Sulci is part of the Medusae Fossae Formation, a region of soft, easily eroded deposits that extends for nearly 5000km (3106 miles) along the equator of Mars between Olympus Mons and Apollinaris Mons. In this region, like many others throughout the Medusae Fossae Formation, the surface has been eroded by the wind into a series of linear ridges called yardangs. The ridges generally point in direction of the prevailing winds that carved them, so the predominate winds that created the yardangs in this image blew NW/SE. The easily eroded nature of the Medusae Fossae Formation suggests that it is composed of weakly cemented particles, and was most likely formed by the deposition of wind-blown dust or volcanic ash.

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Image ID: 
V94406004 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2023-03-27 16:37
Tue, 2023-07-18
256 pixels (18 km)
3792 pixels (270 km)
0.071222 km/pixel
0.0719987 km/pixel


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