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Massive volcanoes tilt the planet Mars

By: Arien Fuentes

On September 28, 2015, scientists discovered that water still flows on the surface of Mars from time to time and how the Red planet’s surface was reshaped billions of years ago by massive volcanoes.  “There are many volcanoes on Mars. So many, that the planet is broken down into volcanic provinces for easier reference.” Says Jerry Coffey author at Universe Today. The largest volcano in the planet of Mars and in the solar system is Olympus Mons. This planet has a height of 25 km, and it is almost three times the size of Mount Everest.

According to a recent study published on “Journal of Nature” on March 2, 2016, the volcanic activity in Mars has literally moved the planet. The volcanic structure in Mars known as Tharsis Volcanic Dome caused Mar’s surface to tilt by 20-25 degrees 3 billion to 3.5 billion years ago.

Scientists who conducted this research at the Universite Paris-Sud in Paris say this changes the way we viewed Mars in the first billion years, which is when life might have existed in this planet. “These findings could explain a variety of puzzling geological features on the Red Planet, like why reservoirs of water ice on Mars are located far away from the planet’s poles and why rivers formed where they did.” Says Jareen Imam a Social Discovery Producer for CNN. This research could most likely provide new clues in where to look for human traces on Mars.

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