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Strange eroded glacial flows in unnamed crater on Mars

Eroded glacial flows in unnamed crater on Mars
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Cool image time! The photo to the right, rotated, cropped, and reduced to post here, was taken on November 1, 2021 by the high resolution camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It shows a series of strange glacial-like flows coming off the western slopes of the central peak of a 40-mile-wide unnamed crater, located smack dab in what I call Mars’ glacier country, that 2,000 long mid-latitude strip where almost every image shows evidence of glaciers.

The cropped section to the right doesn’t really do these strange flows justice. Make sure you click on the image to see the full resolution version. There are numerous separate flows coming off that central peak. Each appears to show that as time passed, each flow traveled a shorter distance down the mountain, leaving a moraine behind at higher and higher points.

The overview map below provides the context.

Overview map
The small red rectangle inside the large crater within the Protonilus Mensae glacial region marks the location of today’s cool image. It is essentially located dead center within the 2,000-mile-long glacier country strip.

One last tidbit of information about this photo. Labeled merely as a “terrain sample”, such images are generally scheduled by the MRO science team not as part of any specific research project, but because they must maintain a regular cadence of picture-taking in order to properly sustain the camera’s temperature. When they have a gap, they pick something almost at random that might show some interesting geology. Often the images are boring. Sometimes however they are surprisingly spectacular, such as today’s cool image.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.


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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News

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