Ascraeus Mons

Ascraeus Mons

Ascraeus Mons is the second highest mountain on Mars. It is a large shield volcano 59,741 feet (18,208 m.) high, and part of the Tharsis Montes region, in Mars' western hemisphere.

The volcano has a spectacular average relief of 49,215 feet (15,000 m.). The central caldera is about 15 miles across and 2.1 miles deep!

The volcano was originally called "North Spot" but was later changed to "Ascraeus Mons" in 1973.
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