March 1, 2024

Life on Mars could have thrived near active volcanoes and an ancient lake miles deep

Early Mars may have been more tectonically and volcanically active than previously thought. Evidence of tectonic activity around 4 billion years ago has been provided by 63 new examples of various volcanoes found in a strange region of Mars with strange properties that set it apart from the rest of the Martian highlands.

A team of planetary scientists has discovered that the landscape of the Eridania region of Mars, located in the planet’s southern hemisphere, appears to have been shaped in response to changes occurring in Mars’ crust, rather than from forces originating above or below it. The discovery could influence the search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet, currently conducted by NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance rovers.

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