Remnants of a Viscous Flow on Mars
Remnants of a Viscous Flow on Mars
ESP_028352_2245  Science Theme: Glacial/Periglacial Processes
Lobate flows are common in the Martian mid-latitude region (30-45 degrees). Some are pristine-looking and highly reminiscent of terrestrial glaciers, whereas others appear more degraded. The flow deposit shown here is a good example of a degraded flow deposit.

The uphill “head” toward the left has carved out an amphitheater-shape into the escarpment, and the “toe,” to the right, is lobate in shape. The surface is highly degraded and eroded, and the deposit shows evidence of deflation (loss of volume, probably from the sublimation of ice), as lateral moraines (ridges running along the length of the feature) are visible.

Written by: Eldar Noe (narration: Tre Gibbs)  (3 October 2012)
Acquisition date
13 August 2012

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