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Martian Heights Features, Examples and Screenshots

The linked pages illustrate screenshots of a number of maps prepared with Martian Heights for World Wind. The zoom levels were selected to produce uniform images containing the desired information. Larger or smaller images can be prepared, depending on individual needs. Additionally, Martian Heights contains many maps and combinations not demonstrated here (over 50 features in total). The included maps and overlays may be combined with one another, with built-in World Wind imagery and layers, or with compatible, third-party addons.

Windows Media Video presentation of Martian Heights features.

Surface Imagery

Martian Heights provides color and grayscale maps of the surface of Mars from 1976 to the present. These were prepared from the highest resolution surface imagery currently available. Surface maps include the 250 meter resolution data collected by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on the Mars Global Surveyor spaceraft, imagery obtained by the Viking VIS subsystem, the Mars Digital Image Mosaic (MDIM) and composites of these datasets.

All of the officially named surface features, such as craters, moutains, valleys, etc. are identified and labeled. A Gazetteer of clickable links to these features aqllows easy navigation to features of interest.


Geophysical Data

Martian Heights explores the physical properties of Earth's neighbor, such as Surface Albedo and Albedo Changes over time, Gravity, Magnetism, Planetary Shape, Thermal Inertia and Surface Roughness.



Martian Heights contains Geological Maps that delineate the complex geological formations of this ancient world. Data collected by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer on Mars Global Surveyor provides insights into the distribution of different minerals on the surface of Mars.


Topographic Maps

Martian Heights includes high resolution topographic maps based on elevation data generated by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) aboard Mars Global Surveyor. These color shaded relief maps allow intuitive examination of the volcanoes, chasms, plains and other features of Mars' varied terrain. Elevation is depicted in four color spaces to facilitated the visualization of features of interest.


Elemental Abundance

Martian Heights illustrates the distribution of water and a number of major elements. This information was obtained by the gamma ray and neutron detection instruments on Mars Odyssey.


Other Features

Martian Heights also includes the Landing Sites of spacecraft sent to Mars by the United States, Soviet Union and European Space Agency with links to reference pages describing the missions. A clickable Gazetteer may be used to directly navigate to any of the named surface features. Elevation Contours permit closer examination of Martian terrain features.