Dunes Streaming through Hills

This dramatic image shows dark rippled bodies of sand, sometimes in the form of dunes, streaming through Ganges Chasma. The floor of the canyon is covered by hills and mesas, perhaps remnants of chaotic terrain that formed from sudden collapse as water was withdrawn to form outflow channels.

The sand moving through (generally from east to west, or upstream) interacts with the topography to make streamlined shapes. A closeup image in enhanced-color shows one hill with a dune piling up to the east.

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (26 February 2014)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_033748_1720 .

More info and image formats at http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_034948_1720

Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona