A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

TODAY’S THEMIS IMAGE: Ares Vallis polygons.

This jumble of eroded ridges and mesas occurs within Ares Vallis, one of the largest catastrophic outflow channels on the planet. Floods raged through this channel, portions of which are up to 25 km wide, pouring out into the Chryse Basin to the north….Polygonal terrain on Mars is fairly common although the variety of forms and scales of the polygons suggests multiple modes of origin. Those in Ares Vallis resemble giant desiccation polygons that form in soils on Earth when a moist layer at depth drys out. While polygons can form in icy soils (permafrost) and even lava flows, their presence in a channel thought to have been carved by flowing water is at least consistent with a mode of origin that involved liquid water.[emphasis mine]

Comments are closed.