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Volcanoes Still Active On Mars? New Evidence For Ongoing Volcanism And Water Release

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November 9, 2001
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The Elysium and Amazonis Planitia regions of Mars have come under particularly intensive study because of their recently proposed young ages (10-100 million years ago or less). Several different recent studies have respectively shown that: some of the volcanic flows were likely emplaced over ice-rich ground; at least one flow originated from the long rift-type vents of the Cerberus Fossae; and recent floods also originated from the vent system, perhaps depositing water in the shallow subsurface for later volcanic flows to interact with.

In their search for water and possible life on Mars, scientists are turning to new data generated by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images and Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) topography from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft.


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Geological Society Of America. (2001, November 9). Volcanoes Still Active On Mars? New Evidence For Ongoing Volcanism And Water Release. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011109075016.htm
Geological Society Of America. "Volcanoes Still Active On Mars? New Evidence For Ongoing Volcanism And Water Release." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011109075016.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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