PIA07123: Memnonia Sulci Yardangs
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: 512 x 768 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Malin Space Science Systems
Producer ID: MOC2-934
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8 December 2004
Yardangs are ridges formed by wind erosion. Most commonly, they will form in sedimentary rocks or volcanic ash deposits containing some amount of sand-sized grains (particles of 0.0625 to 2.0 millimeters size, like the grains in common table salt). This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a suite of yardangs in the Memnonia Sulci region. The scene is located near 9.3S, 172.4W, and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide. The ridges are illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-12-08