Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Orbiter Camera

Nili Patera Dunes

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1144, 6 July 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark, windblown sand dunes in the caldera of Nili Patera, a volcanic crater in Syrtis Major. The dunes were formed by winds blowing from the northeast (upper right).
Location near: 9.0°N, 292.9°W
Image width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: lower left
Season: Northern Autumn

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