Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the essence

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Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the essence

New study suggests that volcanic activity has been observed on Mars much later than scientists thought.

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On Mars below the surface, at a depth of 5.5 meters, lava can still flow. This assumption was made by scientists on the basis of new data that suggest that over the past 50 thousand years, volcanic activity has occurred on Mars. But previous data indicated that the last volcanic eruption on the Red Planet took place 4 billion years ago, writes the Daily Mail.

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Mars may not be as dead a planet as scientists have long believed. A new study suggests that 5.5 meters below the surface, lava may still be flowing from a volcanic eruption over the past 50,000 years.

An international team of scientists analyzed data from dozens of recent quakes and some of them could only be caused by a hot source, such as molten lava. Orbiter data shows dark deposits that indicate a volcanic region.

Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the point

Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the essence

If the new discovery is confirmed, then scientists will have to rewrite the history of Mars, because it is now assumed that volcanic eruptions on the Red Planet There hasn't been for the last 4 billion years.

“We have found geological evidence of more recent volcanic activity that may have occurred within the last 50,000 years,” says Simon Stehler of the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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The scientists investigated a series of quakes that occurred in a region called Cerberus Fossae. This area is a series of nearly parallel cracks that were created by faults in the Martian crust.

Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the point

Not a dead planet. Scientists have discovered underground activity on Mars: what is the point

Some previous studies have already suggested that volcanic activity could have occurred in this region over the past 10 million years.

“Our data may indicate the remnants of a once active volcanic region, or perhaps the lava is still moving up to 6 meters below the surface,” says Stehler.

Scientists believe that the explored region on Mars may be a unique geological formation that was formed by relatively recent volcanic processes.

According to Stehler, more analysis is needed, but the preliminary data is already intriguing.

As already written Focus, data from two spacecraft showed that two huge meteorites crashed into Mars. As a result of these impacts, craters with a diameter of more than 100 meters appeared.