Not So Dead After All? Mars May Be More Active Than Believed, Study Shows

Not So Dead After All? Mars May Be More Active Than Believed, Study Shows
Not So Dead After All? Mars May Be More Active Than Believed, Study Shows

Political Editor with files from sputniknews:

Arabnews24.ca:Tuesday 6 December 2022 06:24 AM: https://sputniknews.com/20221206/not-so-dead-after-all-mars-may-be-more-active-than-believed-study-shows-1105093087.html

Not So Dead After All? Mars May Be More Active Than Believed, Study Shows

Not So Dead After All? Mars May Be More Active Than Believed, Study Shows

Planet Mars may be more active than believed, study shows.

2022-12-06T11:19+0000

2022-12-06T11:19+0000

2022-12-06T11:19+0000

science & tech

mars

magma

mantle plume

university of arizona

/html/head/meta[@name='og:title']/@content

/html/head/meta[@name='og:description']/@content

https://cdnn1.img.sputniknews.com/img/103877/62/1038776256_0:0:1280:720_1920x0_80_0_0_7fbd77e82993cb0e3112dace0e3d7bac.jpg

Mars is still pulsing with volcanism and tectonics, a stunning testimony that the so-called “dead” Red planet may be more active than previously believed, a new study has revealed.The discovery of an active plume in the Martian mantle concealed under a plain called the Elysium Planitia led the team from the University of Arizona to believe that previous theories about Mars may have been erroneous.Dead or Not?Mars, which once boasted an atmosphere, water in the form of rivers and lakes, and volcanic activity, died when over time the core cooled to a degree when its magnetic generator “shut down.” That is what left it bare to the onslaught of “solar wind” which started to erode its atmosphere. The planet, which was under bombardment of radiation, lost its atmosphere and its water, turning into a cold desert.However, there have been some indications that the planet might not be completely dead, as scientists discovered that the Tissint meteorite that fell to Earth in Morocco in 2011 contained evidence of mantle convection dated half a billion years ago. More recently, the Mars InSight lander revealed indications of seismic activity. As previous research by the same group of scientists pointed to an unusually strong gravity field emanating from the Elysium Planitia, Adrien Broquet, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and study co-author, Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna, an associate professor of planetary science at the LPL, proceeded to collect topographical, gravity, geological, and seismic data for further studies. They finally applied a tectonic model to the area in question. That is when they discovered that the 4,000-kilometer wide convection plume in the Martian mantle was pushing molten magma up to the surface of the planet, triggering earthquakes and volcanic activity. Such continuing plume activity is proof that Mars - seismically and volcanically still active - possesses a "geodynamically active interior," the scientists stated.Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna added that evidence for active mantle plumes, such as those registered on Earth and Venus, is not something one would have expected on the small and supposedly cold Mars.

https://sputniknews.com/20221030/likely-signs-of-magmatic-processes-more-recent-volcanic-activity-discovered-on-mars-1102848142.html

https://sputniknews.com/20221202/signs-of-megatsunami-generated-by-asteroid-impact-detected-on-mars-1104955106.html

mars

Sputnik International

feedback@sputniknews.com

+74956456601

MIA „Rosiya Segodnya“

2022

Svetlana Ekimenko

Svetlana Ekimenko

News

en_EN

Sputnik International

feedback@sputniknews.com

+74956456601

MIA „Rosiya Segodnya“

1920

1080

true

1920

1440

true

https://cdnn1.img.sputniknews.com/img/103877/62/1038776256_160:0:1120:720_1920x0_80_0_0_5c2a55560dd08f27ead2f487b880f8da.jpg

1920

1920

true

Sputnik International

feedback@sputniknews.com

+74956456601

MIA „Rosiya Segodnya“

Svetlana Ekimenko

discovery on mars, magma, mars pulsing with volcanism and tectonics, active plume in martian mantle

discovery on mars, magma, mars pulsing with volcanism and tectonics, active plume in martian mantle

Mars, where traces of long-gone rivers and lakes are still visible, has been generally considered geologically dead since around three billion years ago, as the core that sustained the red planet's magnetic field cooled.

Mars is still pulsing with volcanism and tectonics, a stunning testimony that the so-called “dead” Red planet may be more active than previously believed, a new study has revealed.

The discovery of an active plume in the Martian mantle concealed under a plain called the Elysium Planitia led the team from the University of Arizona to believe that previous theories about Mars may have been erroneous.

Dead or Not?

Mars, which once boasted an atmosphere, water in the form of rivers and lakes, and volcanic activity, died when over time the core cooled to a degree when its magnetic generator “shut down.” That is what left it bare to the onslaught of “solar wind” which started to erode its atmosphere. The planet, which was under bombardment of radiation, lost its atmosphere and its water, turning into a cold desert.
However, there have been some indications that the planet might not be completely dead, as scientists discovered that the Tissint meteorite that fell to Earth in Morocco in 2011 contained evidence of mantle convection dated half a billion years ago. More recently, the Mars InSight lander revealed indications of seismic activity.
As previous research by the same group of scientists pointed to an unusually strong gravity field emanating from the Elysium Planitia, Adrien Broquet, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and study co-author, Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna, an associate professor of planetary science at the LPL, proceeded to collect topographical, gravity, geological, and seismic data for further studies. They finally applied a tectonic model to the area in question. That is when they discovered that the 4,000-kilometer wide convection plume in the Martian mantle was pushing molten magma up to the surface of the planet, triggering earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Such continuing plume activity is proof that Mars - seismically and volcanically still active - possesses a "geodynamically active interior," the scientists stated.

"Mars was most active 3 to 4 billion years ago, and the prevailing view is that the planet is essentially dead today... What little activity has occurred in recent history is typically attributed to passive processes on a cooling planet," one of the authors of the research, Adrien Broquet, a postdoctoral research associate at the UArizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, said.

Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna added that evidence for active mantle plumes, such as those registered on Earth and Venus, is not something one would have expected on the small and supposedly cold Mars.

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

NEXT Tyre Nichols family demand justice on eve of funeral
 
c 1976-2021 Arab News 24 Int'l - Canada: كافة حقوق الموقع والتصميم محفوظة لـ أخبار العرب-كندا
الآراء المنشورة في هذا الموقع، لا تعبر بالضرورة علي آراء الناشرأو محرري الموقع ولكن تعبر عن رأي كاتبيها
Opinion in this site does not reflect the opinion of the Publisher/ or the Editors, but reflects the opinion of its authors.
This website is Educational and Not for Profit to inform & educate the Arab Community in Canada & USA
This Website conforms to all Canadian Laws
Copyrights infringements: The news published here are a feed from different media, if there is any concern,
please contact us: arabnews AT yahoo.com and we will remove, rectify or address the matter.