Rheology is the key factor to understand dynamic processes and behavior of magma rising through volcanic conduit and lava emplacement on Earth or other terrestrial planets. Today we can monitor the evolution of magma and volcanic mixtures by measuring their viscosity as a function of temperature, composition, etc..
In this new manuscript Francesco Vetere shows us how to make use of experiments to simulate cooling of pyroxenite melts to interpret how extraordinary long lava flows might have developed on the Martian surface.

The manuscript is available at Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, First published: 02 May 2019, DOI: (10.1029/2018JE005851)