Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Yardangs in Aeolis

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-992, 4 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows yardangs, formed by wind erosion, and large ripples formed in wind by deposition of sediment. The sharp yardang ridges trend from northwest toward southeast (upper left to lower right), while the ripple crests are nearly perpendicular to this trend.
Location near: 0.9°N, 212.5°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Northern Summer

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