Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gullies in Bamberg Crater

This cluster of gullies is on the wall of Bamberg Crater.

The impact crater has an extremely eroded and terraced rim. However, the gullies do not have extensive aprons and overall there appears to be very little material accumulated on the crater floor -- unlike many other craters with gullies. This may indicate the gullies are young features.

However, gully formation on Mars is still not completely understood, and more information and observations are needed to improve our interpretation of these features.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Note: For an mp4 video clip of the gullies of Bamberg Crater, including additional information and photographs, click here.

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