Scratching the Surface: The Volcanic Bulge on Mars

Nov 10, 2017

Welcome to Scratching the Surface with Caitlin Ahrens, the Pluto Manager at the Center for Space and Planetary Science. 

Just below Mars' equator lies the Tharsis Bulge, a series of volcanic mountains including Olympus Mons, which is two and a half times the height of Mount Everest. The region is thought to be a product of a giant hot spot. Because Mars lacks tectonic plates, the lava pooled in this region to create a bulging effect.

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