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Elevation of Orcus Patera region on Mars
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- Title Elevation of Orcus Patera region on Mars
- Released 29/08/2010 4:58 pm
- Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
Orcus Patera is an enigmatic elliptical depression located between the volcanoes of Elysium Mons and Olympus Mons. This well-defined depression extends approximately 380 km by 140 km in a NNE–SSW direction. It has a rim that rises up to 1800 m above the surrounding plains, while the floor of the depression lies 400–600 m below the surroundings. This image was created using a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) obtained from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft. Elevation data from the DTM are colour-coded: purple indicates the lowest-lying regions, and beige the higher elevations. The scale is in metres.