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Monitor Slopes for Activity by NASA

Monitor Slopes for Activity, 2016


A pale lavender band of color, shot through with a stripe of light, cuts a surprising swath down the center of this image. Sections of flowing lines alternate with sharp formations in raised relief, referred to in science terms as “mass wasting,” or the downhill movement of rocks and debris. The poetic words that define this type of movement fit the strange beauty of this image: “dark flows,” “rockfalls”, “slope streaks.” This artistic formation was captured not on Earth, but on the slopes of Mars.

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