Google Olympus Mons
Homework 1_Olympus Mons & Igneous Rocks
Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
Explore Olympus Mons using the Google Mars platform through HiRISE imagery and Colorized Terrain maps.
Download Google Earth- http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html
Navigate to Olympus Mons
- Open Google Mars (click on the planet with a ring)
- Turn on the Global Maps Layer Colorized Terrain
- Navigate to Olympus Mons- the tallest point on Mars
- What is the elevation of Olympus Mons?
- Activate the HIRISE Image layer under the Spacecraft Image Layer Folder
Analyze Olympus Mons Images
Zoom in to the top of the Olympus Mons Caldera
- Find image PSP_004821_1985 from HIRISE [near the Hiker icon]
- Sketch what you see in the image below. What might you be seeing? Consider the context image of the Colorized Terrain map and list your observations.
Find image PSP_004531_1990: NW flank of Olympus Mons (*note the compass in the upper right about 15-18km elevation, 18.56N 224.28E)
- Sketch what you see in the image below. Can you make some interpretations about what you are observing?
Comparing Olympus Mons and Earth Analogs
- Of the volcanic styles you've learned, which volcanic type fits Olympus Mons the best in your opinion? Explain your choice and why Olympus Mons cannot be classified as the other choices.
- If you were to be sure about your volcano classification, what additional data would you like to confirm your choice?
- What volcano on Earth serves as the best comparison to Olympus Mons (you may need to do some outside research to answer this question adequately)?