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Spotted Polar Dunes
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Spotted Polar Dunes

August 26, 2004
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows sand dunes in the martian north polar region in mid-spring, July 2004. In summer, the dunes will be dark. As they defrost, dark spots form on their surfaces. This image is located near 82.8°N, 219.6°W. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.


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