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Equator-Facing Slope with Gullies PSP0106792205
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Equator-Facing Slope with Gullies (PSP_010679_2205)

August 10, 2010
This image shows portions of the northwest and southwest rims of a northern hemisphere crater. The northwest rim has gullies, features frequently proposed to be carved by fluvial processes or debris flows.

The dark material on the crater floor is dust; some if it has been moved by dust devils to form the dark streaks visible here.

The scene has two main textures: smooth and pitted. The smooth, mantling material is thought to be ice-rich. The pitted regions are thought to mark locations where the subsurface ice has been removed by sublimation, when ices convert directly to gas.

Written by: Kelly Kolb