Tag Archives: Elysium Planitia

HiRISE: Linear vent and flows to the southeast of Zunil Crater

A linear vent and flows to the southeast of Zunil Crater. This is located within the Elysium quadrangle on Mars, a region with a volcanic past that for which we can still see evidence of old lava flows. Beautiful Mars … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Recent tectonics on Mars

These prominent trenches were formed by faults that pulled the planet’s surface apart less than 10 million years ago. The images were taken by ESA’s Mars Express on 27 January, and capture part of the Cerberus Fossae system in the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Winding channels of Elysium Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 16, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows part of one of the Elysium Fossae on the western flank of the Elysium volcanic complex. The fossae have both a tectonic and volcanic origin. The linear fractures, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Lava-coated craters

Lava-coated craters. The larger crater looks normal–dimpled depression with a protruding rim barely covered by lava which later deflated. The smaller depression looks deeper and steeper-sided, and the rim does not protrude, so it is probably below the level of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Young lava flows

This image shows remarkably young lava flows in Elysium Planitia. There are almost no impact craters over this flow, indicating that it is probably only a few million years old—practically an infant in geologic time. [More at link]

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THEMIS: A peppering of small craters

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 4, 2018. This field of small dark craters is located in southern Elysium Planitia. The dark appearance against the surrounding lava flows suggests that the craters post-date the lava flows. The small “tails” near … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Wonderfully eye-like

Wonderfully eye-like. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Cracked lava plates in Avernus Colles

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 3, 2018. The arcuate fractures and broken up surface shown in this image is called Avernus Colles. This unique surface has developed on the southeast margin of Elysium Plainitia. More THEMIS Images of the … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Granicus Valles, channel in Elysium

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 28, 2018. This VIS image shows a section of Granicus Valles. Granicus Valles is one of several channel systems the originate near Elysium Mons. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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HiRISE: Volcanic landforms in SE Elysium Planitia

Various volcanic landforms in southeast Elysium Planitia. The second image [above] is at full resolution, less than 1 km across, both are 279 km above the surface. Beautiful Mars series.

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