Volcanism, but not as we know it #MarsRock

A new rock in Algeria sheds light on the history of our little brother, Mars.

As announced on

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/

“An unusual meteorite found in Algeria in 2012 has given scientists information about volcanic activity on Mars, and it’s not like anything we’ve ever seen on Earth. Analysis of the 6.9-ounce meteorite by an international team of scientists, has helped determine that sometime in its 4.5 billion-year history, Mars had a single volcano that erupted continuously for more than 2 billion years.”

Earth has plate tectonics, which constantly shuffle the Earths surface, like pieces of jigsaw being moved around a table. This regenerates the surface of the Earth every few thousand years of so, and so Earth volcanoes can’t get much older than that. But on Mars there is very little tectonics, and probably none at all. So a volcano can just keep going and going. The mystery of the Mars rock, solved by old volcanism

 

 

 

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65 comments on “Volcanism, but not as we know it #MarsRock

  1. A volcano the size of Arizona, how fascinating! Not only that, but it erupted continuously for more than 2 billion years. I can’t imagine if this was to happen on Earth. It is also interesting to learn how we can gain more information on volcanic activity on Mars by the meteorites found here on Earth. Cool how everything is connected that leads to new studies!

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  2. As we’re used to base our knowledge on what we know about Earth, this one becomes tricky as we don’t really know or have any means to fully understand and investigate this phenomenon in Mars.
    And 2 billion years is an amazingly LOOONG period of time, for this volcano to be active for all that time is just straight up impressive and I bet that scientists are very curious and happy to have discovered this.

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  3. Amy Gulczynski:

    I had no idea that there was volcanic activity on Mars! That is so fascinating how there are similarities on different planets to ours. It amazes me how there are different planets yet we Earth isn’t much different. Since Mars is one of the closer planets to us I’m curious to see what other similarities we have with Mars!

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  4. Wow. I think it’s so impressive how science keeps discovering new and new things about our surrounding planets in the solar system. It’s crazy to think that a volcano could keep erupting for 2 billion years! I can’t even imagine it. Even less, to think that volcanoes helped Mars have an atmosphere, which gives potential for life, and now that they are all gone or have cooled down. It would have been so wonderful for us, human beings, to be living during the same era as when Mars was more “alive” in a sense. Everything would be so different.

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  5. A volcano the size of Arizona and erupting for 2 billion years. Seems almost impossible. It truly is crazy what we can find. Makes you wonder what other incredible landmarks and formations we may find on other planets.

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  6. Incredible! I was actually shocked when I read that this particular volcano in Mars had erupted continuously for two billion years and that it was the size of Arizona. Perhaps “having an active crust” (just like Earth) can be classified as another requirement for a planet that is capable of developing and sustaining life. One can see that a planet having a static crust and thus a massive/active volcano would be harmful for living organisms found there since its constant emission of smoke for millions of years would block most of the sun’s rays in the atmosphere.

    Jose Franco Baquera
    jose5913@nmsu.edu

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  7. The idea of little to no tectonics never really crossed my mind, for a volcano to just keep going and going is unbelievable! I think it is amazing that a volcano can be the size of Arizona and erupt continuously for more than 2 billion years! Amazing article!

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  8. Interesting, very interesting. Another reason for us to get astronauts to Mars and another example of us as humans being able to learn about other planets using our “Earth based knowledge”.

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  9. its amazing how Mars has a volcano that is bigger than Mount Everest. It makes me realize how many thing we still don’t know. In Mars there is very little plate tectonics and probably none, its crazy how a little movement can affect Mars. I didn’t even know a volcano existed in Mars, and know I know how much influence it provokes, by creating an atmosphere.

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  10. It is unbelievable that there is a volcano in Mars erupted continuously for more than 2 billion years. I can’t imagine this. Also, the video is cool too. The volcano has the same size of arizona is unbelievable too.

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  11. I found this really interesting because I never thought of what would happen if the plates did not constantly shift. I also think its interesting that we can apply so much of our Earth based knowledge to other planets.

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  12. I found it interesting how Mars had a single volcano erupting for a long time. Especially the fact that the size of the volcano was the size of Arizona. How insane.

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  13. Bianca Herrera
    It is interesting to learn that Mars has little tectonics or possibly none at all. Because Earth does, that results in volcanoes not being able to grow older and older. But since Mars doesn’t have them, that means that the volcanoes can keep going. That is very interesting to me. Through this i am able to see how scientists apply their knowledge about our own planet and use that information to understand other planets.

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  14. I didn’t realize that Mars had the biggest volcano in our solar system, and that it has been erupting for 2 billion years. Mars is such a fascinating planet, and I’m glad I got the chance to read this article! Lots of fascinating information about Mars!

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  15. I think that it is awesome that they found out there was a single volcano on mars that erupted continuously for more than 2 billion years, I had no idea that was even possible. I also think it’s awesome that Mars has the largest volcano in our Solar System. This article was very cool and told me a lot about mars that I didn’t know.

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  16. Incredible that there is a volcano that would make Mount Everest sit in the shadows and has an area that will cover Arizona. I never knew plate tectonics would have a impact not only on earth but also other planets. Our Universe is truly amazing!

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  17. It’s crazy to think how huge this volcano is. To us in Earth, Mount Everest is very large, but to think that it is much smaller compared to this volcano is amazing. Also, the fact that the volcano’s ground is the complete area of Arizona is mind blowing. It really puts in perspective how tiny we are compared to other things in the universe.

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  18. It is very interesting to see how a Volcano in Mars can continuously go on for a long period of time because of a lack of plate tectonics. Also to have had a volcano erupt for 2 billion years blows my mind. Makes me wonder if that had happened here on earth before our time what our planet would look like today….

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  19. It is always astounding to discover new information about our own planet, and even more so when discovering new info about other planets. Volcanoes must have a lot to offer in terms of learning about the life Mars has had previously. I do wonder how this would affect the possible colonization of the
    red planet in the future.

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  20. It’s weird to think about how there’s similar things on other planets that there are here on earth, such as volcanos.
    Gabriella Forsberg

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  21. The video and article are fascinating! I have always found volcanos interesting on Earth and now to know that even Mars has volcano activity is incredible. I am sure there are lots of things to discover!

    julia98@nmsu.edu

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  22. I have always thought of the what if’s in other planets, for example life on another planet. After watching this video and hearing that Mars once could have been a habitable place fascinates me. Hopefully Earth stays the same way it is for billions of more years it is crazy how much personality and change each planet has as the years go by. Lets be thankful for our planet being nice and not giving us an Olympus Mons,

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  23. It is so crazy that we have found volcanic activity on Mars! It just goes to show that Earth is really not that different from the other planets. I wonder what other similarities we have with Mars. There has to be so much that we don’t know! How exciting!

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  24. Volcanoes are something very interesting and now in Mars, puts two fascinating things together. Especially something the size of Arizona. Make me imagine what we would do if such things of other planets happened to be here on earth and its effects on humankind.

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  25. I find it fascinating that the material that comes from Mars travels for millions and billions of years and end up on Earth. To find a rock from a volcano that’s 2.4 billion years old is amazing. Something like this has to bring up so many questions and so many possibilities.

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  26. It is crazy how big Olympus Mons is and it’s cool to know that the largest volcano in the solar systems sits on Mars. I’m very thankful for plate tectonics, because lava scares me, and also because plate tectonics exist on earth and prevent volcanoes from getting that big!

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  27. It continues to astonish me how similar yet very different earth is compared to the other planets in the Solar System. Its very interesting that nearly a billion years ago, Mars could have been considered habitable, and now it is not.

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  28. It is funny to me that things we see as huge or impressive here on Earth are insignificant in comparison to the things on other planets. Especially, now after reading the article, and seeing how even a few small factors can influence these large differences between planets features.

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  29. Very interesting article and video; like I have said before in previous comments, the study of other planets is both fascinating and important to me. It’s crazy that Mars has continuous volcanoes. The differences between all of the planets amazes me.

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  30. It is pretty cool how they found a Mars rock few years ago. the fact that we can compare the Earth with other planets like Mars it is amazing. I hope they can explore Mars someday in the future.

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  31. That is too cool! I think it’s actually awesome that we can gain knowledge about volcanic activity on mars just because of a meteorite we found here on earth. It’s a great fact to know that mars had a volcano that continually erupted for 2 billion years!!!

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  32. This article was very interesting to read. I did not know that Mars’s volcano was the biggest in our solar system. I thought it was pretty interesting to know how Earth and Mars’s volcanoes are different from each other. I also thought it was interesting to know how we can learn more about Mars just by looking at the meteorites that come to Earth that are from Mars.

    Val Ortega
    valorte@nmsu.edu

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  33. I find it fascinating that we use our knowledge from Earth to find out things about other planets. Learning about the plate tectonics explains a lot of things about volcano’s that I was not aware of.

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  34. Another interesting data point for discoveries gained through science. Questions are answered and more arise. Volcanoes creating atmospheres is thought provoking, as well.

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  35. Its interesting that planets other than Earth have volcanoes, storms and other weather phenomena when they have vastly different atmospheres. It’s hard to imagine that there is a volcano taller/bigger than Mt. Everest.

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  36. It’s interesting to think that our knowledge of things on this earth greatly impact how we view things beyond it. Its very interesting to think that mars has volcanic activity like our own planet, its not something that I would usually think about.

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  37. I find it very interesting how the crust on Mars doesn’t move and therefore led to having this huge volcano that is the size of Arizona. It also amazes me how Mars’ core has now cooled down.

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  38. I found it so interesting that Mars has a volcano the size of Arizona and that even Mount Everest would sit in its shadow. It is really cool how we figured out the reason for its giant size by looking at Earth and noticing the tectonic plates moving here may be the reason we do not have that.

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  39. I find it unbelievable that this volcano’s foothills would shadow Mount Everest! I also find it very interesting that there could be rivers, oceans, and even life on Mars due to Volcanos’ creating an atmosphere.

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  40. Wow! I was amazed to hear that Mount Everest would sit in the shadows of this volcano and that the volcano covers the area of Arizona. It is incredible how similar structures could have formed on Earth if it was not for plate tectonics. Who knows what state Earth would be in without plate tectonics.

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  41. It is very neat how we can connect the knowledge we have about Earth to other planets. Who knew that plate tectonics (which I think of as geology) would be related to Mars and it’s volcanic activity! Awesome how it is all connected!

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