“Mars isn’t dead?”

“The majority of volcanism in the Elysium Planitia region and elsewhere on Mars consists of lava flowing across the surface, similar to recent eruptions in Iceland being studied by co-author Christopher Hamilton, a UArizona associate professor of lunar and planetary sciences. Although there are numerous examples of explosive volcanism on Mars, they occurred long ago. However, this deposit appears to be different.

“This feature overlies the surrounding lava flows and appears to be a relatively fresh and thin deposit of ash and rock, representing a different style of eruption than previously identified pyroclastic features,” Horvath said. “This eruption could have spewed ash as high as 6 miles into Mars’ atmosphere. It is possible that these sorts of deposits were more common but have been eroded or buried.”

The site of the recent eruption is about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from NASA’s InSight lander, which has been studying seismic activity on Mars since 2018. Two Marsquakes, the Martian equivalent of earthquakes, were found to originate in the region around the Cerberus Fossae, and recent work has suggested the possibility that these could be due to the movement of magma deep underground.

“The young age of this deposit absolutely raises the possibility that there could still be volcanic activity on Mars, and it is intriguing that recent Marsquakes detected by the InSight mission are sourced from the Cerberus Fossae,” Horvath said. In fact, the team of researchers predicted this to be a likely location for Marsquakes several months before NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars” scitecgdaily

Comment: We are learning more and more about Barsoom. I suspect that underground lava tubes and the like will become the base areas for early settlement. pl


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9 Responses to “Mars isn’t dead?”

  1. Oilman2 says:

    Yes, but what about the Tharks currently living there?

  2. Fourth and Long says:

    Well, Colonel, I expect to see you front and center to applaud the next human moon landers. The Atlantic tells me they are slated to be a woman and a person of color. I also hope you’re enthused to hear that Fox News is supporting former Wheaties cereal box poster boy, Olympic decathlon champion, and now Republican conservative transexual Caitlyn Jenner in hisheritz run for governor of the small insignificant US state of California. Sean Insannity interviewed her on the TV for Fox. All the crew chimed in cheering herithim (pronounced hurr-ih-thim) on.

    Here’s from an email from The Atlantic. I refuse to follow or transcribe their link to their article:

    “We’re living in an exciting moment in American spaceflight history. I’m sure every space journalist since the Apollo era has said this at some point. But it’s true, and it’s true now in stranger ways than before. NASA is in the midst of a new moon effort—named Artemis, for Apollo’s sister—to return American astronauts to the surface of the moon, this time including the first woman and the first person of color.”

    • Pat Lang says:


      Wheaties are my favorite cereal. Hard to find them now.

      • JerseyJeffersonian says:

        The Breakfast of Champions? In these times of Diversity, Inclusion , and Equity (D.I.E., for short, h/t Steve Sailer) there is probably perceived to be something troglodytic about “Champions”, as that goes against the right and – inarguably – proper “equality of outcomes”. Everybody gets a medal, doncha know? So maybe Wheaties are being surreptitiously cancelled, as are so many other good things, sadly.

        Only half joking…

    • Fourth and Long says:

      History was made recently – an all gay US Navy helicopter flight crew:


      The great United States is a sea power – a mighty one. This one simple fact, that it is and has been essentially a sea power before anything else, is the actual reason that the US promotes gay and trans rights. I don’t mean to insult the Navy – not at all. Nor do I mean to insult gay sailors, airmen, soldiers or Marines. I simply want to get past the nonsense that there’s anything “inclusive” or particularly “progressive” about those policies which are born more of necessity than any idealism.

  3. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    One for the “Wouldn’t it be pretty to think so?” file:

    If some way were found to reenergize the vanished Martian magnetic field, then human habitation and the creation of a biosphere would become a possibility, large scale photosynthesis and all to ramp up the oxygen in the slowly recovering atmosphere if the solar wind could be protected against. Yes, a barely conceivable set of developments, certainly; but what a wondrous thing that would be. And a far better use for human ingenuity than the purposes it customarily serves; but you could say that about so very many things, I suppose.

  4. Deap says:

    “Covid” doesn’t mean dead either on planet earth, according to this latest sleight of hand from CDC:


    • JerseyJeffersonian says:

      Good catch, Deap. The great crayfishing away from exaggerated Coof stats continues, but subrosa. I bet that we’ll not hear these stats blasted out by the leftist media. What a surprise.

      Since the hospitals were being paid a “bounty” for treating those supposedly positive for the Coof, that’s another incentive for them not to have “muddied the waters” with accurate reportage of the presence of co-morbidities. Yet another surprise, eh?

      I guess there’s no incentive for the media to report this backdown for still another reason; the inaccurate, misleading prior stats were needed to instill the panic used to drive the rush toward the deliberately falsifiable mail-in balloting in states whose elections were critical to the electoral fraud. Why call attention to that deliberate induction of panic now when audits are happening in those very states through reportage that shows how hinky the stats were at that critical juncture? So mum’s the word now from the media. And I would be willing to bet that dissemination of this information through the “social(ist) media” will be squelched, too.

  5. Leith says:

    Many years ago I hiked the Ape Caves, which are lava tubes from a Mt Saint Helens eruption. Plenty of room, over two miles long. In much of it you can walk upright. Some portions are very broad with flat sandy floors that would make excellent habitation. Hopefully any lava tubes on Mars have similar features.

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