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Elephant Face on Mars

Post  easynow on Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:34 am

Of Elephants and Floods of Lava

2,560px × 1,920px - http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/images/wallpaper

This observation highlights terrain that looks like an elephant. This is a good example of the phenomena "pareidolia," where we see things (such as animals) that aren't really there.

Actually, this image covers the margin of a lava flow in Elysium Planitia, the youngest flood-lava province on Mars. Flood lavas cover extensive areas, and were once thought to be emplaced extremely rapidly, like a flood of water.

Link - http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_026461_2080

Non-Map Image - http://hirise-pds.lpl.arizona.edu



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