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New Mars images reveal red planet's stunning terrain

09-07-2010 14:59 BJT

The heat from the lava boils the water which bursts through the lava flow. These steam-driven exploding bubbles of lava throw chunks of molten and solid lava into the air. A long series of such explosions is needed to build up one of the large cones. The image was taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

This image provided by NASA Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010 shows volcanic cones on Mars
that are similar in size and shape to cones found in Iceland where hot lava has
run over wet ground. The heat from the lava boils the water which bursts through
the lava flow. These steam-driven exploding bubbles of lava throw chunks of molten
and solid lava into the air. A long series of such explosions is needed to build up
one of the large cones. The image was taken by the HiRISE camera on the
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Photo:nasa.gov)

(Photo:nasa.gov)


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