Tharsis Tectonics

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

The Tharsis region of Mars is an immense region of volcanos, lava flows, and tectonic faulting. The entire area is a topographic bulge, with extensional stresses. The extension allowed magma to rise to the surface, creating the largest areal (Alba Mons) and tallest (Olympus Mons) volcanoes in the solar system. The extension also created faults and fractures. This VIS image shows some of the tectonic faults in the region.

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Image ID: 
V81214007 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2020-04-05 11:31
Wed, 2020-06-10
1024 pixels (18 km)
3648 pixels (65 km)
0.017916 km/pixel
0.0182518 km/pixel


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