Crater Gullies in the Northern Plains
Crater Gullies in the Northern Plains
ESP_064665_2140  Science Theme: 
This fresh-appearing, unnamed crater is located in the northern plains of Mars, west of the Elysium Mons volcano.

The crater is approximately 6 kilometers in diameter with a prominent raised rim and lobe-shaped ejecta blanket. The distal margin of the ejecta forms a distinct outer scarp (cliff or rampart) suggesting that the crater formed in terrain where the subsurface was ice-rich.

Gullies have formed on the inner slopes of this impact crater. However, the gullies on the crater’s northern, pole-facing slope have eroded more deeply into the surface suggesting that water and ice may have also played an important role in gully formation.

Written by: Ginny Gulick  (17 August 2020)
Acquisition date
13 May 2020

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
293.7 km (182.6 miles)

Original image scale range
58.9 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects ~177 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
50 cm/pixel and North is up

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Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
67°, with the Sun about 23° above the horizon

Solar longitude
200.1°, Northern Autumn

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  338.3°
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