Boulders in Gully Alcoves

Gullies are often found on steep slopes. In the winter, this area is covered with a layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice). In the spring, when the ice warms up and transitions to gas, it dislodges material on the slope, forming a gully.

In general, this process works best on fine material, leaving behind large boulders. These boulders can be seen collected in the gully alcoves . Occasionally, boulders slide or roll downhill, like those sprinkled downslope in this image.

This set of gullies is found at -71 degrees latitude in the Southern hemisphere.

Written by: Candy Hansen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (11 February 2015)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona