Science and Exploration

Defrosting Dunes In Kunowsky Crater On Mars

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
January 7, 2023
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Defrosting Dunes In Kunowsky Crater On Mars
Kunowsky Crater On Mars

In the late winter when first illuminated, the carbon dioxide frost at high latitudes will begin to sublimate.

Over sand dunes, the defrosting spots and mass wasting on steep slopes produce striking patterns. This scene is especially artistic given the shapes of the dunes as well as the defrosting patterns.

ID: ESP_076605_2370
date: 29 November 2022
altitude: 310 km

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