Olympus Mons, Mars

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Olympus Mons, Mars

Olympus Mons compared with the Hawaiian Islands. Despite its huge size, it displays very low relief when viewed from the side. If the Pacific crustal plate were not moving, the hotspot beneath the active volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii might have built an Olympus-sized volcano. Comparison images courtesy of USGS and MODIS Land Rapid Response Team; oblique view courtesy of NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Number: WEB13725-2014
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