Where the Old Meets The New on Mars

Where the Old Meets The New on Mars


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This image shows where two lava flows have flooded a plain on Mars. The older and more fragmented lava flow is covered in craters, some as big as 16.5km across. The younger lava flow has far less craters and probably dates only tens of millions of years old. Not much when you consider the age of Mars is 4.6 billion years. These lava flows are from the Arsia Mons volcano in the south of the Tharsis Montes volcanic area. This is where the largest volcanoes are found on Mars.


To learn more:


http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/Lava_floods_the_ancient_plains_of_Mars


Image by: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

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