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Olympus the highest mountain in the solar system

Olympus the highest mountain in the solar system

Olympus the highest mountain in the solar system (Nix Olympica)

Olympus the highest mountain in the solar system. Olympus is the extinct volcano on Mars, the highest mountain in the solar system. Before the spacecraft showed that Olympus is a mountain, this place was known to astronomers as Nix Olympica (“the Snow of Olympus”). The height of Olympus Mountain – 27 km, and 25 km to the average level of the surface of Mars. Olympus is several times higher than the highest mountain on Earth.

The highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica), the extinct volcano on Mars, the highest mountain in the solar system

Olympus stretches 540 km wide and has steep slopes around the edges up to 7 km. Reasons for the formation of these gigantic cliffs don’t have a convincing explanation.

The highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

Nix Olympica, the highest mountain in the solar system

The length of the volcanic caldera of Olympus – 85 km, width – 60 km. Depth of caldera reaches 3 km. For comparison, the largest volcano on Earth, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, crater diameter is 6.5 km.

The highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

Olympus Mountain – Nix Olympica

The atmospheric pressure at the top of this pyramid represents only 2% of the pressure typical of the average Martian surface. For comparison, the pressure at the top of Mount Everest is 25% of the sea level.

The highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

The highest mountain in the solar system – Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

Olympus occupies so much space that it cannot be seen entirely from the planet’s surface (distance required for observation of the volcano, so large that it will go away over the horizon). Even if you stand on the highest point, the volcano’s slope would stretch to the horizon.

Olympus the highest mountain in the solar system

The highest mountain in the solar system - Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

The highest mountain in the solar system – Olympus Mountain (Nix Olympica)

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