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‘Mysterious dark deposit’ suggests Mars volcanoes could still be active – CNET

A volcanically active area “could have provided favorable conditions for microbial life fairly recently,” one scientist says.



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The research team is studying what looks like an explosive volcanic deposit around a fissure in the Elysium Planitia region.
NASA/JPL/MSSS/The Murray Lab
This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.
Mars was once a hot spot for volcanic activity — around 3 billion to 4 billion years ago. A team of scientists now suspects Mars could still be volcanically active, after spotting what may be evidence of a recent eruption dating to within the last 50,000 years. The discovery…

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