Mars, composite satellite images
Mars. Composite satellite images of the surface of Mars from multiple aspects. North is at top. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, and is a rocky desert world. Its diameter is around half that of Earth's, and the surface area is about the same as Earth's land surface area. It has a thin carbon dioxide atmosphere, which forms ice at the poles. There are large canyons, volcanoes and craters on Mars. The orange colour is due to the iron oxides in the rocks. These images were created using data from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft's Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter.
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Ocean sunfish, Mola mola
Ocean sunfish, Mola mola. . Handcolored copperplate stipple engraving from Jussieu's Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles 1816-1830. Illustration by J.G. Pretre, engraved by Massard, directed by Turpin, and published by F. G. Levrault. Jean Gabriel Pretre (1780-1845) was painter of natural history at Empress Josephine's zoo and later became artist to the Museum of Natural History.
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Ocean sunfish (Mola mola)
Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) near the surface. It can grow to 333 cm; all larger than 250 cm are female. It is the most fecund of all vertebrates; a female of 137 cm was found to have an estimated 300 million eggs. Bay of Agay, Mediterranean Sea, Var, France
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