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Ryan AndersonApril 27, 2009

Pretty Dunes in Gale Crater

This article originally appeared on Ryan Anderson's "The Martian Chronicles" blog and is reposted here with permission.

Pretty dunes in Gale Crater

NASA / JPL-Caltech / U. Arizona

Pretty dunes in Gale Crater
These dunes and ripples share a valley with an ancient, infilled channel on the mound of sediment in Gale Crater, near the end of the proposed MSL traverse. They are especially striking because they are made of dark volcanic sand, mixed with light-toned sand from the sediments filling the channel.

This is a tiny subframe from the HiRISE image PSP_009294_1750.

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Ryan Anderson

Planetary Scientist for U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center
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