Monday, November 25, 2013

Textured Mesa Southeast of Bosporus Planum

Also imaged by MRO's Context Camera, this observation shows one of two odd, rounded mesas with a knobby/pitted texture.

This mesa may be the last remnants of a formerly more extensive geologic unit. Given the particular pitted texture, this formation could be ice-rich.

High resolution images can greatly help to characterize the surface texture and allow us to compare other mid-latitude-type landforms, which may have some connection with ice and sublimation degradation processes.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Note: These mesas are located southeast of Bosporus Planum. For more information, see PIA17703: A Textured Mesa.

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