PIA03089: Russell Dune Gullies
 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:  1024 x 2568 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-1272
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA03089.tif (2.632 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA03089.jpg (285.9 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

5 November 2005
This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows gullies and dust devil streaks on the slopes of a large dune in Russell Crater. Gullies on martian dunes typically occur only in the Noachis Terra region, and almost exclusively form on southward-facing slopes. They might be the result of downslope movement of sand mixed with a fluid such as carbon dioxide gas or water that had been trapped as ice in the dune.

Location near: 54.6S, 347.2W
Image width: width: ~3 km (~1.9 mi)
Illumination from: upper left
Season: Southern Spring

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2005-11-05