PIA04565: Terrain Near Gordii Dorsum
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
Spacecraft: Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
Instrument: Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Product Size: 540 x 810 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
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Original Caption Released with Image:
MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-383, 6 June 2003

Small ridges known as yardangs in the upper left quarter of this April 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image indicate that wind has stripped away a mantling layer of sediment to reveal the terrain beneath. Layers and boulders on the cliff face near the south-center of the image show that the substrate is quite competent; its location southwest of Olympus Mons near Gordii Dorsum suggests the bedrock here may include old lava flows. The picture is located near 4.8N, 142.7W. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left/lower left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2003-06-12