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This dramatic image shows dark rippled bodies of sand, sometimes in the form of dunes, streaming through Ganges Chasma. The floor of the canyon is covered by hills and mesas, perhaps remnants of chaotic terrain that formed from sudden collapse as water was withdrawn to form outflow channels.
The sand moving through (generally from east to west, or upstream) interacts with the topography to make streamlined shapes. A closeup image in enhanced-color shows one hill with a dune piling up to the east.
HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter's HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.