Thursday, August 12, 2010

Volcano

A little to the north-west of Valles Marineris I found this thing. It's not a impact-crater and it appears to be surrounded by remains of lava-flow, so I guess it's a volcano. Cool! I didn't know Mars had volcanoes so I'll just put it up here. I don't know what the extremely long, straight crack going to the southwest is.


UPDATE: I found out that this blog wrote about volcanoes on the moon just yesterday :)

3 comments:

Joel Raupe said...

Yes, that definitely looks like a volcano. On first glance, without making the effort to grasp the image scale, that feature looks a great deal like one of the great shield volcanoes of Tharsis, headed up by Mons Olympus. (Is that ginormous volcano on Mars still considered the largest in the solar system?)

You comment made me take another look at Lacus Mortis on the Moon, as a matter of fact. Without looking at the elevation models, that whole feature's strange appearance also looks like a shield volcano.

Interesting site, DK. We'll look over it in more detail.

DK said...

Thanks Mr. Raupe :)

DK said...

oh, and I have no idea if that volcano is still the largest in the solarsystem...