Splotches and Channels Near Sisyphi Montes
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Splotches and Channels Near Sisyphi Montes
PSP_005424_1075  Science Theme: Glacial/Periglacial Processes


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This image shows high latitude terrain near the Sisyphi Montes. Patterned ground is everywhere throughout the scene, and there are several muted craters that have relaxed over time due to the presence of ground ice.

Dark splotches are also common. Using full HiRISE resolution, the dark splotches exist around boulders. It is possible that the boulders are ejecta from the freshest crater in the scene, the small crater near the top of the image. They could also be from another impact crater not in this image or be a result of a periglacial stone sorting process that leaves the large boulders isolated.
Written by: Kelly Kolb   (1 February 2008)

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Acquisition date:23 September 2007 Local Mars time:14:46
Latitude (centered):-72.163° Longitude (East):340.152°
Range to target site:251.5 km (157.2 miles)Original image scale range:25.2 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~75 cm across are resolved
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Emission angle:0.2° Phase angle:61.0°
Solar incidence angle:61°, with the Sun about 29° above the horizon Solar longitude:318.6°, Northern Winter

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