Ascraeus Mons Flank

Scaled Image

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU

About this image

This VIS image shows a cross section of the eastern flank of Ascraeus Mons. Ascreaus Mons is the northernmost volcano of the three large Tharsis volcanoes. In order from north to south the volcanoes are Ascreaus Mons, Pavonis Mons and Arsia Mons. All three volcanoes form a line located along a tectonic bulge caused by extensional forces in the region. Along this trend there are increased tectonic features, collapse features, and additional lava flows that arose from the flanks of the volcanoes rather than just the summit. Like the other large volcanoes in the region, Ascraeus Mons is a shield volcano. Shield volcanoes are formed by lava flows originating near or at the summit, building up layers upon layers of lava. In shield volcanoes summit calderas are typically formed where the surface collapses into the void formed by an emptied magma chamber. Ascraeus Mons is the largest of the three volcanoes with a summit of 18km (11 miles) and a width of 460 km (286 miles). For comparison Mauna Kea - the tallest volcano on Earth - is 10 km tall (6.2 miles).

Please see the THEMIS Data Citation Note for details on crediting THEMIS images. 


Image ID: 
V94915003 (View data in Mars Image Explorer)
2023-05-08 14:33
Wed, 2023-11-15
256 pixels (18 km)
3792 pixels (266 km)
0.070388 km/pixel
0.0706993 km/pixel


PNG | JPEG (high res) | JPEG (reduced res) | PDF | TIFF