PIA03679: Work of the Wind

Work of the Wind


18 January 2006
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a few dark wind streaks in the lee -- the downwind side -- of shallow craters on a lava- and dust-covered plain in eastern Tharsis. Streaks in east Tharsis, such as these, are usually very superficial features that change on timescales as quickly as a few weeks to months as very thin coatings of dust are redistributed by the wind.

Location near : 2.4°N, 95.6°W
Image width : ~1 km (~0.6 mi)
Illumination from : lower left
Season : Northern Winter

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Crater, Dust, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-18
Date in Caption 2006-01-18
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03679
Identifier PIA03679