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Mars Mapped

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Mars Mapped

From its largest volcano to its deepest canyon, the extreme terrain of Mars can now be explored in unprecedented detail from the comfort of your desk.
Taking 16 years to create, this colourful map describes the geography of Mars as it is today while also shedding light on the red planet’s watery past.
It also reveals that much of the planet’s surface is older than scientists thought, with the darkest brown areas on the map formed more than four billion years ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2692702/Mars-revealed-unprecedented-Amazing-map-lets-...

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http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/10/one-way-ticket-to-mars-attracts-global-attention/
http://www.mars-one.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22146456
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/10570642/Student-shortlisted-for-one-way-ticket-to-Mars.htm...
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randpwar
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Re: Mars Mapped

Don't examine the footage too closely  Wink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4geWIB0sU
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Re: Mars Mapped

Here's the USGS Map - http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3292/
Very impressive work they've done.
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Re: Mars Mapped

Interesting, thank you,  some background info:
You’all know of those ‘rattler magnets’ that when tossed in the air are supposed to make a sound resembling rattlersnakes
They are made of Hematite.
Using the Jmars mapping software (as used in the OPs article, freely downloadable) and linking is to either the Pigwad server  or Jmars server layers, then identifying the  geological layers and isolating out the Hematite layer reveals the image attached (overlays altitude, florescent green smudge near the equator is Hematite).
It shows a rich deposit of hematite at one isolated spot on Mars.
To a geologist this says one thing – “LAND HERE”, .          it is what decided the landing site of Curiosity .
Images from rover missions reveal the Hematite to be in the form of   ‘blueberries’
my main issue at present is exporting Jmars layers to ArcGIS, can anybody help?