Northern Plains - False Color

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

Today's VIS image is located in the plains between Chryse and Acidalia Planitias. Dark blue tones in this false color combination are usually created by basaltic sands. There appears to be surface sands in the middle of the image. The "orange" tail behind the crater towards the top of the image is created by wind action. Wind will both erode and deposit fine materials. The wind tail is the downward side of the crater. These features are termed windstreaks, and they help to understand the direction of wind. Both the windstreak and the surface sands indicate a dusty/sandy region confined to the central part of this image.

The THEMIS VIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple ways to create a false color image. These false color images may reveal subtle variations of the surface not easily identified in a single band image.

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


Image ID: 
V62487007 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2016-01-14 23:06
Fri, 2019-04-12
256 pixels (19 km)
3792 pixels (290 km)
0.0765 km/pixel
0.0771254 km/pixel


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