It seems like we hear big news about Mars almost every day, even though the planet’s only known inhabitants are our trusty rover friends. It’s red and dusty now, but scientists know it had water billions of years ago. But what else is going on there? Apparently volcanic activity. New evidence says that Mars featured active volcanoes in “recent” times.
The area in question stretches about eight miles long with a 20-mile “volcanic fissure” surrounding it. Researchers believe this area manifested due to an event where expanding gases led to magma exploding. The photos show Mars’ Elysium Planitia region, near its equator. This area is a former hotbed for volcanoes, with pieces where the planet’s crust is cracking.
But, what does this really all mean? Well, as reported in
And there’s a chance that Mars may have been habitable beneath its beautiful red surface and may have some life in that region. Planetary Science Institute research scientist David Horvath spoke further about this in a statement.
“The young age of this deposit absolutely raises the possibility that there could still be volcanic activity on Mars, and it is intriguing that recent Marsquakes detected by the InSight mission are sourced from the Cerberus Fossae…The interaction of ascending magma and the icy substrate of this region could have provided favorable conditions for microbial life fairly recently and raises the possibility of extant life in this region.”
There’s still so much more to learn about Mars. But, if anything, this further confirms to us that the planet is very much so alive.