Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Tithonium Yardangs

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1099, 22 May 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows yardangs formed by wind erosion of materials exposed on the floor of western Tithonium Chasma. The winds responsible for these landforms blew from the north/northeast (top/upper right). Tithonium Chasma is part of the Valles Marineris system.
Location near: 4.8°S, 89.5°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Winter

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