Elysium Mons Wind Streak
November 26, 2003
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a wind streak formed behind a meteor impact crater on the lower north flank of the volcano, Elysium Mons. Winds blow down the volcano slope, toward the northeast (toward upper right), causing a tail of uneroded dust to be captured behind the crater. Thin, filamentary dark streaks (resembling pencil scratches in this image) can be seen on the surface of the bright wind streak; these may have formed by disruption of surface dust by passing dust devils. This picture is located near 27.7°N, 212.7°W. The image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide, and is illuminated by sunlight from the left.
Topics: Environment, Elysium Mons, Mars, Planetary science, Disaster Accident, Elysium, Elysium quadrangle, Tharsis quadrangle, Dust devil, Astronomy