Dark Dunes Of Mars: See The Moreux Crater In New ESA Image

The Red Planet was recently in the spotlight regarding a subject about alien life that was said to be potentially lurking in Mars ancient caves.

The Terra Sabaea area on Mars is known for its wide textures dunes, and it’s home to many fascinating geological features, which also include the Moreux crater, the star of a new image from ESA’s Mars Express.

The Moreux crater on Mars 

The Moreux crater on Mars is showcasing various geological processes and features as well.

This is located at the northern edge of terra Sabaea which is a larger location of the red Planet that’s filled with impact craters, and it’s also covered in glacial flows, dunes, ridge networks and fretted terrain.

If you compare the Moreux with other impact craters on Earth and Mars, it is pretty messy and misshapen. SciTechDaily notes that this is the result of ongoing erosion over the martian history.

The online publication notes that “its egg-shaped rim is broken up, its dark walls are ridged, rippled and mottled, and its center features a prominent clustered ‘peak’, created as material from the crater floor rebounded and rose upwards following the initial impact.”

The magazine also published some images of the crater, and the range of colors that you can see in them reveals a lot of the composition of the region, feature, and material.

The crater’s composition shows unique morphology 

The same online publication notes that “while the surrounding material is visible in hues of butterscotch and caramel, the crater’s walls are dark, resembling a smudged ring of ash or charcoal.”

Also, they reveal that the dark brown and black dunes are covering the crater floor, and the peak is a pale yellow-orange.

“Dark, prominent ejecta, comprising material flung outwards during the crater-forming collision, spread outwards from the crater rim, discoloring and encroaching upon the lighter surrounding terrain,” they write.

Such a varied color range means that there’s an equally varied geological composition. We recommend that you head over to the original article in order to learn more details on the crater.

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