FEB 17, 2019 7:33 PM PST

These Are Some of the Most Captivating Sites on Mars

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Mars may seem like a dull, desolate wasteland at first glance, but just like our home planet Earth, our planetary neighbor sports a significant number of landmark sites that, for lack of a better idiom, would be a sight for sore eyes.

Kasei Valles, for example is an immense system of chasms comparable to Earth’s Grand Canyon – but with a catch. Kasei Valles is more than five times longer than 10 times wider than the Grand Canyon, but it may have formed from similar processes to that of the Grand Canyon here on Earth. Likewise, Mars is home to a spot called Valles Marineris, which is recognized by scientists as the longest known canyon in the solar system.

Another interesting spot is that of Iani Chaos, a labyrinth of cliffs and hills that is unlike anything you’d find here on Earth. The name is somewhat fitting for the terrain, and because Earth has no similar landmarks to that of Iani Chaos, scientists have no idea how this Martian region came to exist.

Mars is also home to the solar system’s tallest known volcano: Olympus Mons. The structure itself is about the size of the state of Arizona, and it’s around three times taller than Earth’s tallest mountain: Mount Everest.

Assuming you ever had the unique opportunity to visit Mars, these would be some of the best sights to behold. Other places of interest exist as well, but you’ll want to watch the video above to learn more about those.  

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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