Sunday, August 25, 2013

Frosted Impact Crater in Scandia Colles

This image was planned to search for gully activity in the Northern Hemisphere. Changing gullies have so far been documented only in the Southern Hemisphere, where a greater thickness of carbon dioxide frost forms in the winter.

The gullies are active when this frost is present, especially in the late winter and spring as it sublimates. The well-preserved crater here has a bright gully deposit (visible in prior images acquired in late northern summer), which suggests recent activity. An animated GIF blinking between these two images (at reduced resolution) shows how it changes in appearance with the seasons.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Note: This crater is located in the Scandia Colles region of Vastitas Boreales.

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