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MSL Gale crater mounds 2 gig scaled by Gary Proffitt

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Taken by
Gary Proffitt Gary Proffitt
Explore score
1.98 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 26, 2014
Date taken
architectural, astrophotography, environmental, experimental, fine art, forensic, geology, landscape, long exposure, nature, photojournalism, social, still life, underwater

MSL Gale crater mounds, sulphate deposits & aqueous features .In this stunning rendition of an amazing MRO scan we can observe why the MSL team were spot on in choosing Gale crater as their first major target for science exploration as not only have we witnessed the breathtaking images of Mt Sharp with its unusual geology but here we can see evidence of past water erosion which could be anything from an ancient sea, lake system or as I reckon an ancient frozen lake with possible glacial deposits and also dust and wind erosion higher up the mountain.
Also we can see that Gale crater provides a multitude of chemical depositional material with many contrasting layers of unusual material that could be glacial rock deposits and other indicators to a very busy historical play of past Martian environmental activity.
I sincerely hope the rover makes it to this area which seems navigable avoiding the many dunes to arrive at the centre of this image at the base of the lower slopes of Mt Sharp.

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