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Looking Towards Mount Sharp
A View of the northern plains of Mars as photographed through thin clouds. The residual ice is preserved in polygonal cracks that reveal a permafrosted terrain. The periodic ice covered dark dunes which overprint the polygons add to the volatile effect by giving the impression of convective heap cloud. The image captures our aims here at PVL - to understand volatiles on and beneath planetary surfaces, the overlying atmospheres they generate and the interactions between both. (To look closer with the HiRISE Imager Visit: ESP_025914_2540)

Planetary Volatiles lab

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