Landslides on Mars indicate that water once surrounded Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in our solar system

The case for Martian volcanoes rising above ancient, vanished oceans is getting stronger.

Researchers analyze images of Mars Olympus Mons, which is the tallest volcano in our solar system, says a rumpled piece of land near the mountain’s northern region was likely formed when hot lava erupted from the summit millions of years ago. It is believed that the lava hit the ice and water at the base of the mountain, triggering the landslides. Scientists say at least a few of these landslides must have extended about 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the volcano and wrinkled as it hardened over the ages.

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