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Martian Gullied Crater

Martian Gullied Crater

Image Title: Martian Gullied Crater
Source: Mars Global Surveyor


There are thousands of craters on Mars. The variability of Martian craters far exceeds that of the Earth and Moon. This crater caught my eye for three reasons. First, the crater was captured in its entirety in one Mars Global Surveyor Narrow Angle camera frame. Second, I found the texture of the crater rim and the immediately surrounding debris blanket quite appealing. Third, the presence of numerous gullies along a good section of the interior wall of the crater makes this a geologically interesting crater.


Martian Gullied Crater was featured as an Editors Choice on the NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) Member Portfolios web site. For additional information see the news item NAPP Gallery Editor Picks "Martian Gullied Crater" As An Editors Choice

Source Image Background

The source for this image was a Mars Global Surveyor Narrow Angle camera frame. The crater is just shy of being 3 kilometers in diameter and is located at approximately 37 south latitude and 191 west longitude.

Image Processing

All processing of this image was done with Adobe Photoshop. For this false color image, I deliberately selected a palette of colors that avoided the natural colors of Mars. To my eye, the colors I have used to paint this image provide an enhanced view of the surface terrain and texture.

Wallpaper Download

I have created a low resolution version of Martian Gullied Crater for use as a desktop wallpaper. I am making this wallpaper 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 Gullied Crater Wallpaper
Martian Gullied Crater, 1280 x 1024 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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