The Largest Volcano In The Solar System

We (and NASA etc) have been looking for the largest volcano in the solar system. The planets have an abundent presence of volcanic mountain formations and whilst the difficulty in climbing these giants would partly be dependent upon garvity, we thought we would take a look at the diffrent sizes.

10. Mons Rumker

  • Location: The Moon
  • Height: 1100 m/3,609 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Moderate

This mountain is placed in the flat plain of Sinus Roris in the north-western part of the Moons near side. Mons Rumker is a solitary and extinct volcanic formation with around 30 lunar domes. The domes have a gentle, upward slope.

Largest Volcano In The Solar System

Mons Rumker

9. Doom Mons

  • Location: Titan
  • Height: 1450 m/4,757 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Hard

Situated on Saturns moon, Doom Mons is one of Titans highest peaks. It would prove challenging for a climber given the snow, rain consisting of liquid methane and ethane that might fall. There are harsh winds to contend with but it has a clear icy peak to aim for.

Largest Volcano In The Solar System

Doom mons

8. Maat Mons

  • Location: Venus
  • Height: 3000 m/9,843 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Moderate

Maat Mons is the highest volcano on Venus. NASA says the dark lava that flows from the volcanoe runs across the plains for 100s of kilometres. Just as noteworthy as the height is the heavy clouds of sulphuric acid and a surafce temperature  that reaches 477 degrees centigrade. The grade of the slope for any potential climb is just 4%, making it potentially easier to climb.

Largest Volcano In The Solar System

Maat Mons

7. Mount Everest

  • Location: Earth
  • Height: 8.849 m/29,029 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Really hard

Whilst not volcanic, it has the challenge of Earths gravity included and the changeable atmosphere that surrounds our planet. Snow, earthquakes and severe winds have added to recent challenges for any climber looking to summit the highest peak on our own planet.

Largest Volcano In The Solar System

Mount Everest

6. Elysium Mons

  • Location: Mars
  • Height: 13,900 m/46,000 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Hard

As well as the Tharis region, there are three large volcanoes in the Elysium Plantia area. It includes the  Hecates Tholus, Albor Tholus and Elysium Mons, which is the largest volcanoe in the region with a base dimension of 420 x 500 x 700km. Its flanks are steeper than the flank volcanoes which would make it trickier to climb.

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Elysium Mons

5. Pavonis Mons

  • Location: Mars
  • Height: 14,000 m/46,932 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Hard

The smallest of the large shield volcanoes in the Tharsis region is Pavonis Mons. Its gently sloping flanks average only 4 degrees and there is evidence of lava tubes on the surface. These are caused by the lava crust cooling and collapsing as the flowing lava beneath it runs dry.

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Pavonis Mons

4. Arsia Mons

  • Location: Mars
  • Height: 16,000 m/52,493 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Moderate

This is also in the Tharsis region of Mars. Since it is a shield volcanoe, its slopes are relatively low. Studies have suggested that it may have been one of Mars’s most habitable environments as its slopes were once covered in glacial ice. The caldera is relatively circular compared to the irregularity of Olympus Mons.

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Arsia Mons

3. Io Volcanoe

  • Location: Io
  • Height: 18,200 m/59,711 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Hard

Its has not been possible to measure the height of all 400 of Io’s volcanoes yet but this moon does have the largest non volcanic mountain in the Solar system, called Boosaule Montes. It is northwest of the large plume deposit of the Pele volcano. The average height of the peaks on Io is 6,300m.

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Io Volcano

2. Ascraeus Mons

  • Location: Mars
  • Height: 18,225 m/59,793 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Hard

Mars’s second biggest mountain is Ascraeus Mons. This is a large shield volcano that like Olympus Mons, is off the northwest flank of the planets Tharis region. The average slope of its flanks is 7 degrees, with steeper parts in the mid section. Plains of silicate lava flow that are rich in iron and magnesium surround it.

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Ascraeus Mons

1. Olympus Mons

  • Location: Mars
  • Height: 25,000 m/82,021 ft
  • Climbing challenge: Easy

This shield volcano is thought to be the tallest peak in the Solar System. The slopes leading to the summit, present the impression of the climbing challenge involving walking up a relatively flat surface. Once you have reached the peak, you would be able to marvel at the six nested calderas that makes a depression of 60 x 80km. Whilst this is considered an easy peak to summit, the radiation and other challenges asside, it is still thought it would take 120 days to reach the top.

Largest Volcano In The Solar System

Olympus Mons