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2004-Aug-05, 05:21 PM
SUMMARY: This perspective image is of the flanks of Olympus Mons; located on Mars, this volcano is the tallest mountain in the Solar System. It was taken by the ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The escarpment in the image rises 7,000 metres from the surface of Mars, and you can see the deposits around the base of the escarpment, which scientists have dubbed "aureole"; latin for "circle of light". These aureole deposits are a mystery, but one popular theory is that they're landslides of material shed from the sides of the volcano; perhaps connected with glacial activity.

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2004-Aug-11, 04:24 PM
what a picture ! B)