Saturday, January 22, 2011

South Polar Layers

The south polar cap of Mars is comprised of alternating layers of ice and dust. The darker dust layers help show the layering, especially on steep slopes.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

Note: The location of this image is near the "source" of Chasma Australe. The dusty remains of numerous geysers can be seen throughout this photo.

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