HiRISE: unusual mound in a mid-latitude crater

Interestingly patterned mound in an unnamed mid-latitude crater. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Interestingly patterned mound in an unnamed mid-latitude crater. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This is an interesting new image from the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, first posted on Beautiful Mars on Tumblr. What caused the unusual patterning on this mound? It’s reminiscent of polygonal terrain created by the freezing/thawing of subsurface ice, but whether that is the same explanation here isn’t known. All of the thousands of images taken so far by MRO can be seen here.

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One Thought on “HiRISE: unusual mound in a mid-latitude crater

  1. R & J Thacker on February 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm said:

    enjoyng all your posts, great pictures and write ups Paul .

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