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Martian Crater Wind Tails

Martian Crater Wind Tails

Image Title: Martian Crater Wind Tails
Release Date: December 4, 2005
Source: Mars Global Surveyor


This Mars Global Surveyor image gives us an excellent view of the interplay of sand, wind, and surface topography. This picture is a fine example of wind tails, those lighter or darker colored streaks that form down wind from irregularities in the surface topography. In this instance we see dark wind streaks, as opposed to the light colored streaks seen in the picture Bright Wind Streaks in Syrtis Major.

Source Image Background

This image was acquired in April 2004 by the Mars Global Surveyor Narrow Angle camera. The location of this feature is 15 south latitude and 138 west longitude placing it in the Memnonia quadrangle of Mars.

Image Processing

Adobe Photoshop was used to clean, enhance, and apply false colors to this image.


I have created a low resolution, compressed version of "Martian Crater Wind Tails" for use as a desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper is made available for your personal use only. It is not to be modified or redistributed in any form by any means. All rights are retained by the artist.

Martian Crater Wind Tails Wallpaper
Martian Crater Wind Tails, 1280 X 1024 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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