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"New images from Mars Express show the Phlegra Montes mountain range, in a region where radar probing indicates large volumes of water ice are hiding below. This could be a source of water for future astronauts.
Phlegra Montes is a range of gently curving mountains and ridges on Mars. It extends from the northeastern portion of the Elysium volcanic province to the northern lowlands, spanning latitudes from roughly 30' N to 50' N. The mountains themselves are probably not volcanic in origin, but have been raised by ancient tectonic forces that squeezed different regions of the surface together.
New images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express orbiter allow a closer inspection and show that almost every mountain is surrounded by lobate debris aprons -- curved features typically observed around plateaus and mountains at these latitudes."