The Giant Volcano Of Mars

Jeff Glennon | March 29th, 2019

On Mars, you can find the largest volcano in the whole solar system, known as Olympus Mons. This massive mountain on Mars is so tall if you were dropped onto the top of it, you may not even know you were on a mountain as the slope would be obscured by the curvature of the planet itself! And not to mention this huge volcano is simply biding its time on the red planet gearing up for its next eruption.

spaceanswers.com

Located in the Tharsis Montes region, Olympus Mons is one of over a dozen volcanoes on Mars, yet it remains the largest and is a hundred times taller than any volcano you can find on Earth. Olympus Mon is roughly the size of the entire state of Arizona, stretching over 374 miles across and towers at 16 miles above the surrounding terrain.

In comparison, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa is only 6 miles above the sea floor. In fact, the whole chain of volcanos around Hawaii could easily fit in Olympus Mon. It is three times taller than Earth’s highest peak: Mount Everest. This is because Olympus Mon is what we refer to as a shield volcano, instead of suddenly eruption volcano in a violent spew it creates lava slowly that flows down its side. The consequence is that this volcano continues to grow and grow.

Due to the amount of weight, it is actually slowly falling into itself as underground caverns of the mountain are emptied of lava. And thought Olympus Mon has formed after billions of years, it is still considered to be a relatively young volcano. As a result, it is definitely still an active volcano that could explode at any time.

A team of scientists from NASA who regularly study Mars believe the reason why volcanos on Mars are so much bigger than on Earth is due to the red planet’s low gravity and also Mars appears to have much higher eruption rates – which has allowed lava to pile up quickly.

Next Article
  • Pineapples Contain Flesh-Eating Enzymes

    The pineapple was originally from Brazil but was quickly exported and grown as different varieties all around South America. Eventually, it made it to the Caribbeans and the Indies, which is where it was discovered by the famous Christopher Columbus in 1493 and brought back home to Europe. Little did he know he was bringing...

    Read More
  • Viagra In An Irish Water Supply

    Most of the world’s Viagra is produced in a small village in Ireland, so much so that it is even nicknamed Viagra Falls. The Pfizer drug is helping millions of men with being impotent, all created in a small village in Ringaskiddy in County Cork. Every year they made over 45 tons of the little...

    Read More
  • The Legend Of The Roquefort Cheese

    One of the most famous blue cheeses in France and perhaps even the world is known as the Roquefort. The blue spots on the cheese are mold, but they don’t just let the cheese mold, the makers of the famous cheese actually start the process. Roquefort is produced by adding...

    Read More
  • There Is No Known Science Behind 10,000 Steps Per Day

    The wisdom behind living a healthy life normally comes with much research and scientific fact, such as drinking eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. These sorts of sayings are logically and have common sense: get eight hours of sleep per night. And the world-famous breakfast is the most important meal of the...

    Read More
  • Germany Embarks On A Mission To Create Space Beer

    In the very early hours of June 13, 2019, there was complete silence across the Swedish countryside. Then suddenly near the small town of Kiruna, there was a huge boom, it was the German Aerospace Center (DLR) launching a 12-meter long sounding rocket from their ESRANGE space base. The 20-meter long fire trail behind it...

    Read More
  • Become A Certified Pirate At University

    At one prestigious university in the United States of America if you can fulfill your Psychical Education requirement which also includes archery, fencing, sailing and shooting guns then you will receive an official Pirate Certificate. Historically speaking you may associate pirates with their peg legs, eye patches and hooks for...

    Read More
  • Rats Have Empathy And Will Save A Drowning Friend

    If one rat is drowning and will most likely die, then another will step in and save it. New research into rats lives shows that the rodents appear to have and feel empathy. Saving another person from a life or death situation is not something that everyone will do without thinking, some humans even will...

    Read More