Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Dark Martian Dunes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1138, 30 June 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark, windblown sand dunes in a crater in the Hesperia region of Mars. The steepest slopes on the dunes--their slipfaces--point toward the south-southwest, indicating that the winds responsible for the dunes blew from the north-northeast (top/upper right).
Location near: 12.4°S, 236.5°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Spring

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