The Hills are Colorful in Juventae Chasma

There are many hills about 1 kilometer high in Juventae Chasma, which is located north of the main Valles Marineris canyon system. The floor of the canyon is covered by a sea of sand, but the hills rise above the sand.

A few adventuresome sand dunes have slowly climbed up on the hills, like that near the upper left of the enhanced-color cutout . The color diversity here is exceptional, due to varying mineral compositions and good exposures.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (20 March 2017)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona