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MARCI weather report, April 1-7, 2019

There was a slight uptick in dust storm activity across the southern highlands of Mars this past week. Repeated dust storms were spotted from southern Aonia to Cimmeria on several afternoons. Scanning further northward to the tropics, orographic water ice … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Volcanic plains east of Olympus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 22, 2019. This VIS false-color image shows a small part of the extensive volcanic plains located east of the giant volcano Olympus Mons. While the colors are generally soft and subtle, they indicate real … Continue reading

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HiRISE: An Olympus Mons landslide

An Olympus Mons landslide. Olympus Mons is too large for HiRISE to capture in one image, but we can get very detailed closeups of parts of it. Here, we see a slope streak, possibly caused by a boulder rolling downhill … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Lava flow fronts in Daedalia Planum

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 26, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a small portion of the immense lava flows that originated from Arsia Mons. Arsia Mons is the southernmost of the three large aligned volcanoes in the Tharsis region. … Continue reading

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Olympus Mons and Ascraeus Mons: Geologically recent lava inflation

The summit of Olympus Mons displays lava flows, some of which are truncated by the caldera, that appear to have flowed uphill. Because lava flows downhill, this mismatch between the flow direction and present-day topography suggests that the terrain has … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Up above the dust clouds

When much of Mars was enshrouded by a recent massive dust storm, HiRISE captured this clear view of the surface because of the target’s unique location. Olympus Mons is the biggest volcano in the Solar System, reaching a height of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Big step-off at Olympus Rupes

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 20, 2018. Olympus Rupes is the name of the large escarpment surrounding Olympus Mons. The escarpment is a cliff where there is a large elevation change over a short distance. The elevation change from … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Source of flow east of Olympus Mons

Source of flow to the east of Olympus Mons. Here we see part of a linear depression with branching segments in Amazonian volcanic plains east of Olympus Mons. The flow source from this feature that exhibit volcanic and/or fluvial characteristics. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Where the volcanic mountain meets the volcanic plains

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 12, 2018. Olympus Rupes is the name of the large escarpment surrounding Olympus Mons. The escarpment is a cliff where there is a large elevation change over a short distance. This VIS image is … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Flows upon flows on Olympus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 5, 2018. The lava flows seen in the VIS image are located on the northeastern flank of Olympus Mons. The lavas flowed from the lower left side of the image to the upper right, … Continue reading

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