On Bond Crater’s Northern Slope
On Bond Crater’s Northern Slope
ESP_074246_1475  Science Theme: Fluvial Processes
This image shows (part of ) a 6-kilometer crater located on the northern slope of Bond Crater. Pole-facing gullies have eroded the northern slope of this small crater, located just west of where Uzboi Valles emanates from Bond and continues in a northerly direction.

However, Hale Crater to the south has numerous gullies on its slopes and even on its central peak region. Researchers have analyzed both Bond and Hale Craters to try to determine why Bond has no gullies on its slopes, except for a small 7-km crater on the floor in its central area. (Reiss et al., 2009, PSS).

The gullies in this observation have eroded into bedrock layers forming tributaries in the upper slope region and distributary channels further downslope on the debris fans. Research attributes these features to fluvial processes. (Gulick et al., 2018, Geol. Soc. London.)

Written by: Ginny Gulick  (24 August 2022)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_074391_1475.
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29 May 2022

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