Frosty Slopes in Late Spring

This HiRISE image, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers , shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.

At this time of year only south-facing slopes retain the frost, while the north-facing slopes have melted. Gullies are not the only active geologic process going on here. A small crater is visible at the bottom of the slope.

Written by: Livio Tornabene, Ryan Hopkins, Kayle Hansen and Eric Pilles (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (17 December 2014)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona