This image from NASAs Mars Odyssey shows an area at the equator near Gordii Dorsum.

July 16, 2019

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Wind is one of the remaining active processes altering the surface of Mars. In regions of long term unidirectional winds, the dust and sand is winnowed away. In places with poorly cemented surface materials the wind and entrained sand with blast the surface causing linear erosion like that seen in today's VIS image. This image is located at the equator near Gordii Dorsum.

Orbit Number: 77484 Latitude: 5.04807 Longitude: 213.038 Instrument: VIS Captured: 2019-06-03 08:10

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.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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