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THEMIS: Pit chains and craters on Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 7, 2018. The linear features in this VIS image are located on part of the large flow feature on the southern flank of Ascraeus Mons. The features most likely formed by collapse of the … Continue reading

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HiRISE: The pits of Elysium Mons

During the 2018 Mars dust storm, we obtained a clear view of the summit of the giant volcano Elysium Mons. We see the western rim and floor of the caldera, and a chain of pits (called a “catena”) extending from … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pits and channels on Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 28, 2018. This VIS image shows a portion of the northern flank of Ascreaus Mons. Multiple linear depressions cut across the surface lava flows, having formed after the surface in this region. The chains … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Lava channels on Pavonis Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 24, 2018. This VIS image shows part of the southwestern flank of Pavonis Mons. The channel and nearby oval depressions are both related to the flow of lava. Narrow lava flows can create channels. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pavonis Mons flank meets volcanic plains

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 4, 2018. Today’s VIS image is of the eastern flank of Pavonis Mons where the volcano meets the surrounding volcanic plains. The arced features towards the top of the image are fractures and lava … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Volcanic fissure in Labeatis Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, May 8, 2018. The feature that crosses this VIS image is a graben. Graben are formed by tectonic action, where a block of material moves downward between a pair of faults. The northern part of … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Channels cutting across channels in Olympica Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 12, 2018. Olympica Fossae is a complex channel located on the volcanic plains between Alba Mons and Olympus Mons. The sinuosity of the large channel in the middle of the image indicates that this … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A sample of Phlegethon Catena

A sample of Phlegethon Catena. This area is full of graben, which are depressions that often run parallel to faults. Beautiful Mars series.

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THEMIS: Pit craters on Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 4, 2017. This image shows a collapse feature on the southeastern flank of the volcano. The circular/scalloped margin of the collapse is typical for ceiling collapse into a lava tube. However, the potential lava … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pit crater in Noachis Terra

THEMIS Image of the Day, December 2, 2016. Today’s VIS image is located in Noachis Terra. The unnamed crater at the bottom of the image contains a central pit. Central features such as pits and peaks can provide information about … Continue reading

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