Olympus Mons = The Tallest Mountain In The Solar System
- By one measure, it has a height of nearly 14 miles. That is 3x taller than Mt. Everest!
- The volcano’s outer edge consists of a cliff, up to 5 miles tall.
- The edifice is about 600 kilometres (370 miles) wide.
- It is 624km wide, which is about the size of the state of Arizona.
- The volcano is located in Mars’s western hemisphere.
- The western side of the Olympus Mons caldera shows evidence of ice/snow and water.
Olympus Mons (Latin for Mount Olympus) is a large shield volcano on the planet Mars. By one measure, it has a height of nearly 22 km (14 mi). This makes it the tallest mountain on any planet in the Solar System. It stands almost three times as tall as Mount Everest’s height above sea level. Olympus Mons is the youngest of the large volcanoes on Mars, having formed during Mars’s Amazonian Period. Olympus Mons had been known to astronomers since the late 19th century as the albedo feature Nix Olympica (Latin for “Olympic Snow”). Its mountainous nature was suspected well before space probes confirmed its identity as a mountain. – wikipedia.org