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Mars minerology points to cold, icy ancient climate

The climate throughout Mars’ early history has long been debated – was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New research published in Icarus provides evidence for the latter. Mars is littered with valley networks, deltas and … 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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THEMIS: Secondary caldera atop Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 8, 2017. This image shows part of the complex caldera at the summit of the volcano. Calderas are found at the tops of volcanoes and are the source region for magma that rises from … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Collapse rings in Ascraeus Mons caldera

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 7, 2017. This image shows the eastern part of the complex caldera at the summit of the volcano. Calderas are found at the tops of volcanoes and are the source region for magma that … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Ring-fault tectonics at Ascraeus Mons caldera

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 6, 2017. This image shows part of the complex caldera at the summit of the volcano. Calderas are found at the tops of volcanoes and are the source region for magma that rises from … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Collapse features on flank of Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 5, 2017. This image shows part of the northeastern flank of Ascraeus Mons, along the trend that joins the three large Tharsis volcanoes. The image has a myriad of collapse features from circular to … Continue reading

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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: Collapsed lava channel on Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, September 1, 2017. This image shows part of the southern flank of Ascraeus Mons. The feature at the bottom of the image is a collapse feature. These features can be caused by several processes. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Lava levees on Ascraeus Mons’ upper slopes

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 31, 2017. This image of the flank of Ascraeus Mons shows several individual flows where the sides are higher than the center. These are called leveed flows, as the outer margin acts as a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Into the caldera atop Ascraeus Mons

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 30, 2017. This image shows part of the complex caldera at the summit of the volcano. Calderas are found at the tops of volcanoes and are the source region for magma that rises from … Continue reading

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