Promethei Planum

This area near the Southern ice cap has an interesting formation: it looks slightly rectangular. Perhaps it’s a large section of glacial ice. A study of this formation may reveal new knowledge about erosion, and ice formation on Mars.

This area is seasonally covered with a layer of ice. Promethei Planum lies at approximately 76 degrees South and 105 degrees East.

This caption is based on the original science rationale.

Written by: HiRISE Science Team   (11 May 2011)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona