This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows Eumenides Dorsum, a large linear rise located in southern Amazonis Planitia.

Context image for PIA23746
Context image

Eumenides Dorsum is a large linear rise located in southern Amazonis Planitia. Erosion by wind action is prevalent in this region. The horseshoe shaped depressions in this image are called blowouts and align with the wind direction that blew from upper right to lower left. The deep troughs and the finer scale linear erosion at the bottom of the image were created by winds that blew along the trend from upper left to lower right. This reflects two different predominant wind directions. It is difficult from just one image to determine if the wind changes were seasonal or over thousands of years in a single direction.

Orbit Number: 79668 Latitude: 3.05139 Longitude: 202.032 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-11-30 04:22

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

View all Images