HiPOD: 14 September 2019
Sample Unusual Lava Textures in Tharsis Region

Unusual Lava Textures
Most of the flows here look blocky, or like what is called “pahoehoe lava.” This is a common type of basaltic lava that cools down forming typical smooth, billowy, or ropy surfaces. Often, it forms by many small breakouts of lava from an over-crusted inflating flat, irregular flow.

ID: ESP_055086_1930
date: 27 April 2018
altitude: 271 km

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Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km