Motor Trip to Mars

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Mars Features on Earth

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The virtual tour takes you on several highways through Washington. For those that may take the trip in the real world, the trip mileage, the nearest mile marker and highway name is listed in brackets, see Tour Information below.

Look for Comments Along the Way by various geologists and tour guide, Jim Draggoo, Executive Director of Kid's Cosmos. See below for Finding Your Way Around to explore at random according to your interests.

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Tour Information

The tour begins and ends in Spokane, Washington, and follows various state and federal highways. As the trip progresses, points of interest are pictured and explained. Some images have larger versions available when you click on them. Optional additional information on some subjects is included for more in-depth understanding. For those that may take the trip in the real world, the trip mileage, the nearest mile marker and highway name is listed in brackets. Your odometer may vary. See example below.

[1.3 MM 282 US 2]
As we travel the first mile, we see colonnades of Columbia Plateau basalt in the road cuts. The peculiar columns are caused by crystallization of molten basalt lava as it cools and shrinks forming 5 to 7 sided columns. These columns are from 12 to 30 inches across.

Trip Mileage Mile Marker Highway
1.3 MM 282 US 2

Comments Along the Way

The trip follows part of the route suggested by the Field Guide 2, Geology Department, Washington State University, by G. D. Webster, Victor R. Baker, and Carl Gustafson. Comments and additional material based on the Guide is also included. The on-line tour was developed and written by Jim Draggoo.

Look for comments along the tour by Dr. John Buchanan from Eastern Washington University's Geology program. Dr. Buchanan, a professor of geology specializing in hydrogeology and sedimentology, is familiar with the geology of the central plateau and has conducted numerous field trips to the area with his classes. Dr. Buchanan is also an amateur astronomer with his own observatory which can be seen at his Lance Hill Observatory website.

Your tour guide is Jim Draggoo, Executive Director, Kids' Cosmos, and he adds his comments from a non-geologist's point of view.

Comments along the tour sign Comments along the tour will have this Comment Sign,
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G. D. Webster, Victor R. Baker, and Carl Gustafson [Field Guide 2]
Dr. John Buchanan [Buchanan]
Jim Draggoo, Tour Guide [Draggoo]
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Finding Your Way Around

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