NASA spots mysterious boulder piles on Mars

CNET | 3/6/2018 | Amanda Kooser
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The natural world has a reputation for being wild, but it can also be incredibly orderly. The same goes for the landscape on Mars. NASA released an image Tuesday showing a very alien-looking Mars surface area with a series of neatly laid boulder piles.

The space agency titled the image with a Sherlock Holmes mystery-style name: "The Case of the Martian Boulder Piles."

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The dunes are fun, but the boulder piles are especially interesting.

The first thing that jumps out from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image are the dark, curved sand dunes.

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The dunes are cool, but NASA scientists are particularly interested in the formations seen in the open, patterned section of the landscape. You can make out a series of dark and light stripes running from the upper left corner of the image down to the lower right.

NASA provided a closer look that highlights the landscape's striped appearance. The boulders are piled...
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