This article is about a volcano, Olympus Mons, which is the tallest volcano in the entire solar system!
Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system.
It is like 3 mount everests combined together, it spans the width of the entire Hawaiian island chain. It is the largest of the major Tharsis volcanoes, rising 15.5 miles (25 km) and stretching over nearly 340 miles (550 km) east-west.
It is surrounded by a scarp, from which the lava flows out. The plains are covered by ridged and grooved “aureole” of Olympus Mons. It was formed during the Amazonian epoch. Until the 19th century, it was known to the astronomers as Nix Olympica “Snows of Olympus”. Based on crater size and frequency counts, the surface of this western scarp has been dated from 115 million years old down to a region that is only 2 million years old. It is being said that the mountain is ongoing volcanic activity. The extra-ordinary size of this volcano can be due to the fact that Mars does not has tectonic plates.
Olympis Mons is located in the Tharsis Bulge, which is a huge swelling in the Martian surface that bears numerous other large volcanic features. Among them, there is a lesser chain of shield volcanoes that includes Ascraeus Mons , Pavonis Mons, Arsia Mons.