Glowing Gullies in Kaiser Crater Dunes

The giant sand dunes in Kaiser Crater experience gully erosion of the steep slip faces every year in late winter as the sun warms these slopes and seasonal carbon dioxide frost sublimates (meaning it changes from a solid to gas).

Some of these gullies produce a variety of colors that are highlighted on the west-facing (illuminated) slopes, where the gullies appear to be glowing in the winter light .

Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs)   (29 June 2016)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona