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Mt. Remarkable...not as high as you think

Mt. Remarkable...not as high as you think

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, May 8, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, space science

Sometimes heights can be deceptive.

The rolling robot Curiosity has discovered an unusual landform on its trek towards exploring the nearly 3.5 mile high, Mount Sharp on Mars. The new "mountain" has been named, Mt. Remarkable for its compacted sandstone layers that may have been deposited during a wetter and warmer Martian environment. It looks like it might be a high butte in Utah, Arizona, or any other mesas in the American Southwest.

Mt. Remarkable is only a bit more than 15 feet high and will be drilled for clues into past Martian environments.

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