Go with the Flow
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Go with the Flow
ESP_020822_2220  Science Theme: Aeolian Processes
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This image shows flows with rather large ridges extending down off of the central mountains of Moreux Crater.

What made those flows? It doesn't look like lava, and the central mountains are not volcanoes--they were thrust up by the impact event. Instead, it may be that these were flows of ice, or glaciers. There are lots of boulders on the surface, and glaciers tend to carry lots of rocks.

The Shallow Radar (SHARAD) experiment on MRO is able to penetrate through ice, confirming that many features such as this one are composed of ice, with a thin cover on non-icy material. The existence of glaciers on Mars was controversial more than 10 years ago, but not today.

So far we have seen no evidence for currently active glaciers on Mars, but maybe they are moving very slowly. This image is actually a repeat image of this site.

Written by: Alfred McEwen   (3 February 2011)



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Acquisition date:04 January 2011 Local Mars time: 3:31 PM
Latitude (centered):41.762° Longitude (East):44.163°
Range to target site:305.4 km (190.9 miles)Original image scale range:from 30.6 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) to 61.1 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning)
Map projected scale:25 cm/pixel and North is upMap projection:Equirectangular
Emission angle:11.8° Phase angle:63.0°
Solar incidence angle:73°, with the Sun about 17° above the horizon Solar longitude:211.3°, Northern Autumn
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North azimuth:96° Sub-solar azimuth:328.3°
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North azimuth:270°Sub solar azimuth:145.0°

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