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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Seasonal fans pointing in multiple directions near Mars' south pole

Filed under Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Seasonal fans pointing in multiple directions near Mars' south pole Each spring, cold jets erupt from beneath a surface layer of carbon dioxide ice. Local winds can blow the dust from its source, forming a long fan. When the wind changes direction, a new fan is formed pointing in the new direction In this single image we can see that the wind has blown in a number of directions. This data will be used to study weather patterns near the South Pole.

NASA / JPL / UA

Original image at the HiRISE website

Original image data dated on or about April 1, 2007

 

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