Defrosting Sand Dunes
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Defrosting Sand Dunes

February 13, 2012
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture shows retreating patches of frost on a field of large, dark sand dunes in the Noachis region of Mars. Large, windblown ripples of coarse sediment are also seen on some of the dunes. This dune field is located in a crater at 47.5°S, 326.3°W. The scene is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left. MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-434, 27 July 2003

Credits: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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