Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mars: Dunes in Nectaris Montes | NASA MRO


Sand dunes in Valles Marineris can be impressive in size, with steep slopes that seem to climb and descend.

Valles Marineris (Latin for Mariner Valleys, named after the Mariner 9 Mars orbiter of 1971–72 which discovered it) is a system of canyons that runs along the Martian surface east of the Tharsis region. At more than 4,000 km (2,500 mi) long, 200 km (120 mi) wide and up to 7 km (23,000 ft) deep, Valles Marineris is one of the largest canyons of the Solar System, surpassed in length only by the rift valleys of Earth. Valles Marineris is located along the equator of Mars, on the east side of the Tharsis Bulge, and stretches for nearly a quarter of the planet’s circumference. (Source: Wikipedia)

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Release Date: May 14, 2018


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