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Special Topic - Twin Buttes, Idaho

This map shows the Twin Buttes region of Idaho that has been compared to the controversial "Face on Mars" feature first photographed by Viking spacecraft. On May 24, 2001 a NASA article "Unmasking the Face on Mars" quoted Dr. Jim Garvin as saying "It reminds me most of Middle Butte in the Snake River Plain of Idaho. That's a lava dome that takes the form of an isolated mesa about the same height as the Face on Mars."

The map of the Twin Buttes region of Idaho shown below was generated from digital elevation data and rendered in shaded relief.

Twin Buttes map
All maps and content Copyright (c) 1999-2001 James R. Irwin.