CO2 Hourglass
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CO2 Hourglass

March 12, 2013
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a portion of the south polar residual cap of Mars. The bright, relatively homogeneous-appearing material extending from top (north) to bottom (south) is mainly composed of solid carbon dioxide. During the martian summer months, sublimation, the direct conversion of a solid to a gas, causes the scarps that delineate the edges of the bright material to retreat by approximately 3 meters (around 10 feet) before autumn begins. MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1442, 24 April 2006

Credits: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

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