Mars: Influence of Topography on Formation of Temporary Bright Patches

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Science  20 Jan 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3760, pp. 317-319
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3760.317


The Mountains of Mitchel and other temporary bright patches observed on the Martian disk may be carbon-dioxide condensations in depressions rather than a water-ice mixture on mountains as previously thought. This interpretation supports the hypothesis that the Martian deserts, that is, the light areas, are lower than their surroundings.