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Subject: Why do Mars' 'Prince Volcanoes' form a straight line?

Date: Sun Feb 27 08:44:09 2005
Posted by Jens Peter Bork
Grade level: teacher/prof School: Erlangen University Hospital
City: Erlangen State/Province: Bavaria Country: Germany
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1109515449.As

Has a specific reason been established for the fact that the three "other" great
Tharsis volcanoes on Mars: Arsia, Pavonis and Ascraeus Mons, seem to form a
perfectly straight line? Could this phenomenon have the same reason as the line
formed by the Hawaiian islands (a stationary hot spot with a continental plate
scratching by)?

Re: Why do Mars' 'Prince Volcanoes' form a straight line?

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