What are some facts about Olympus Mons? How large is the area it covers?
Olympus Mons is the largest volcano of the solar system. It reaches 26,000 meters high. To get that high, you would need to stack 3 Mount Everest on top of each of other! It is, alone, 500 km wide. I believe that if we were to have such a volcano in the United States, it would cover two-thirds of Texas! From there, you also realize that it is not a very steep volcano. To get to the top, you would have a very long, but not so hard hike up. Tell me about the view! To the North, ancient lava flows extending as far as you can see and very, very far away, the Northern Plains of Mars with the contact of the Plateau and the Plain. To the east, ancient lava flows and the gigantic Valles Marineris, extending like a 5000-km long scar in the martian crust. To the South, the martian highlands and the traces of ancient rivers and lakes, many evidence of the past activity of Mars. To the west, the ancient lava flows would fade out, and the scarp would open the view on Mangala Valles, a gigantic outf