Earth  Planets and Moons  ID: 2870

Earth-Mars Volcano Comparisons: True Color Olympus Mons over Elevation Color-Mapped Earth Bathymetry with True Color Land Features

Despite the 2:1 relative size difference between Earth and Mars, the Martian volcano, Olympus Mons, dwarfs Earth's Mauna Loa, Hawaii volcano. When measured from the ocean floor, Mauna Loa is approximately 10km. high compared to Olympus Mons at 23km. In this animation, Olympus Mons obstructs the view of Mauna Loa, but gives the viewer a good perspective of the overall size of this giant volcano. This animation is match-framed to animations #2864 through #2872.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Gregory Neumann (Johns Hopkins University): Scientist
James Garvin (NASA/HQ): Scientist
Herbert Frey (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, and Virginia Butcher (SSAI)

The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Data Used:
Terra/MODIS/Blue Marble 2001/06-2001/09
Terra/MODIS/Blue Marble Clouds 2001/06-2001/09
Viking/Images/True Color 1976/06/19-1980/08/17
MGS/MOLA/Topography 1997/09/15-2001/01/31
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