Friday, September 2, 2011

Enigmatic Mound on the Crater Floor on Margaritifer Terra

The origin of this mound on a crater floor was not clear from prior image coverage, so we targeted HiRISE to take a closer look. With study of the HiRISE image, the geologic history may or may not be clarified, but it is certainly a striking image.

The dark sand collected in low areas creates a high contrast with the lighter-toned bedrock, and there are caterpillar-like wind-blown dunes or ripples crawling over the surface. The subimage shows an enhanced-color view.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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