Layered Mantling Deposits in the Northern Mid-Latitudes

Ice-rich mantling deposits accumulate from the atmosphere in the Martian mid-latitudes in cycles during periods of high obliquity (axial tilt), as recently as several million years ago.

These deposits accumulate over cycles in layers, and here in the southern mid-latitudes, where the deposits have mostly eroded away due to warmer temperatures, small patches of the remnant layered deposits can still be observed .

Written by: Dan Berman (audio: Tre Gibbs)  (22 February 2017)

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Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona