Windblown Sand in West Candor
December 23, 2003
West Candor Chasma, a part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system, is known for its layered sedimentary rock outcrops. It is less known for dark fields of windblown sand, but that is what occurs in the north-central part of the chasm. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image, obtained in December 2003, shows the interplay of dark, wind-blown sand with buttes and mesas of layered rock in west Candor Chasma. Dark streamers of sand point toward the east/southeast (right/lower right), indicating that dominant winds blow from the west. This picture is located near 5.2°S, 75.7°W, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.
Topics: Valles Marineris, Coprates quadrangle, Chasma, Mars Global Surveyor, Hospitality Recreation, Ius Chasma, Mars