Tag Archives: Tharsis

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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Mars’ oceans formed early, with a possible assist from volcanism

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars’ putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought. The proposal [published … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Diverse composition and stratigraphy in the Claritas Region

Diverse composition and stratigraphy in the Claritas Region. This region, west of Solis Planum, is a tectonic and volcanic area located south-east of the Tharsis volcano group (the Tharsis Montes) on the Tharsis rise. It extends roughly north to south … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Volcanic vent in Arsia Mons caldera

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 5, 2018. This THEMIS image shows part of the southern margin of the summit caldera. This image contains a variety of features representing the major events related to the formation of the volcano. At … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Chains of pit craters near summit of Arsia Mons volcano

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 4, 2018. The three large aligned Tharsis volcanoes are Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons (from south to north). There are collapse features on all three volcanoes, on the southwestern and northeastern flanks. … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pits at caldera’s edge

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 3, 2018. This THEMIS image shows part of the caldera floor of Arsia Mons. It is not uncommon for calderas to have “flat” floors after the final explosive eruption the empties the subsurface magma … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Flows on the caldera floor of Arsia Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 2, 2018. This THEMIS image shows part of the caldera floor of Arsia Mons. It is not uncommon for calderas to have “flat” floors after the final explosive eruption the empties the subsurface magma … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Arsia Mons’ collapse pits

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 1, 2018. This VIS image shows part of the northeastern flank of Arsia Mons at the summit caldera. In this region the summit caldera does not have a steep margin most likely due to … Continue reading

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HRSC: Fracture swarms on Mars

These striking features on Mars were caused by the planet’s crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere were imaged by ESA’s Mars Express in March. They extend … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Morning sunlight on Pavonis Mons caldera

THEMIS Image of the Day, November 10, 2017. This image shows the central part of the smaller summit caldera on Pavonis Mons. On the top side of the caldera is a complex region of fault related collapse of the wall … Continue reading

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