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April 12 2013

Mars' 'Raindrop' Sand Dunes Swarm


Mars is a funny place. It is both familiar and very alien. Take these sand dunes for example.

There are countless examples of dunes on Mars -- features created by the transport of the fine Martian regolith blowing in the wind. The physics behind this movement of material is surprisingly complex, but not too dissimilar to the sand dunes you might find on a terrestrial beach or desert.

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