Blog Post Image: New analysis suggests wind, not water, formed mound on Mars

Features of Mount Sharp are more consistent with wind deposition rather than an ancient lakebed, the researchers reported. Satellite images show that the various layers of sediment that make up Mount Sharp likely did not extend to the crater wall and also display a consistent tilt, or “dip,” away from the center of the mound. The red dots denote dip areas with the average degree of slope indicated. The yellow star marks the landing site of the NASA Curiosity Mars rover. (Image from Kevin Lewis)

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