Tag Archives: Tharsis

THEMIS: Intersecting lava channels & tectonics

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 27, 2018. The Tharsis region contains both large volcanoes and extensive lava plains. Most of the channel features in this region were formed by the flow of lava rather than the flow of water. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Impact crater on volcanic plains

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 23, 2018. This VIS image shows an unnamed crater located northeast of Ascraeus Mons, on the volcanic plains of the Tharsis region. The rim has several concentric ridges. There are multiple layers of ejecta, … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dusty lava flows

Dusty lava flows. Try not to get choked up.

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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: Daedalia Planum’s lava flows

THEMIS Image of the Day, July 11, 2018. The lava flows in this VIS image originate at Arsia Mons. Arsia Mons in the southermost of the three large Tharsis volcanoes. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic.

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Mars Express: From horizon to horizon

Fifteen years ago, ESA’s Mars Express was launched to investigate the Red Planet. To mark this milestone comes a striking view of Mars from horizon to horizon, showcasing one of the most intriguing parts of the martian surface. On 2 … Continue reading

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HiRISE: All that the lava leaves behind

All that the lava leaves behind. There are streamlined and eroded forms in this lava channel, a region with very little HiRISE coverage. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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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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Perfect beaches ruined by martian volcanoes

The presence of potential shorelines in the northern hemisphere of Mars suggests that Mars once had oceans. The non-constant elevations of these putative shorelines, however, do not support that hypothesis. Recent work [published in Nature] by Robert Citron and colleagues … Continue reading

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