Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Stokes Crater Dunes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1083, 6 May 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark-toned sand dunes on the floor of Stokes Crater, located on the martian northern plains. The steepest slopes on the dunes indicate the direction of sand transport; the winds responsible for these dunes generally blow from the north/northeast (top/upper right).
Location near: 55.9°N, 188.6°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Summer

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