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Mars impact crater or supervolcano?

12 Apr 2018, 09:00 UTC
Mars impact crater or supervolcano? ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

These images from ESA’s Mars Express show a crater named Ismenia Patera on the Red Planet. Its origin remains uncertain: did a meteorite smash into the surface or could it be the remnants of a supervolcano?

Ismenia Patera – patera meaning ‘flat bowl’ in Latin – sits in the Arabia Terra region on Mars. This a transition area between the planet’s northern and southern regions – an especially intriguing part of the surface.

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