Plan view of Aganippe Fossa at the north-west foot of the Arsia Mons volcano

Plan view of Aganippe Fossa at the north-west foot of the Arsia Mons volcano
Plan view of Aganippe Fossa at the north-west foot of the Arsia Mons volcano
The top view shows an area at the edge of the north-western flank of the volcano Arsia Mons with a part of the 600 kilometre long rift structure Aganippe Fossa. Dark dust and sand deposits generate an unusual striated pattern on the surrounding surface. On closer inspection, lava flows can be recognised in the flat regions of the image (northern and right-hand sections). Arsia Mons is a huge shield volcano and the southernmost of the three Tharsis Montes volcanoes. With a base diameter of 435 kilometres, it rises more than nine kilometres above the surrounding plains.
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ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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