Strange Funnel On Mars Is A New Place To Look For Life On Red Planet

Posted: Nov 11 2016, 2:10pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Strange Funnel on Mars is a New Place to Look for Life on Red Planet
(Left) A graph charting the depth of the Hellas depression at different points, and a topographic map of the depression. (Right) A graph charting the depth of the Galaxias Fossae depression at different points, and a topographic map of the depression. Credit: Joseph Levy/NASA
  • A Weird Hole on the Martian Surface could Harbor Life
 

Scientists are surmising that a weird hole on the Martian surface could actually harbor life.

A strange funnel-like crevice on Mars has come under the focus of science and scientists. They are searching for alien life forms that might emerge from this nook or cranny.

This depression in the terrain was probably formed by a volcano that lay underneath an ice sheet. It might have been a warm recess that had microbial activity in it a long time ago. The space scientists want to see whether this activity is still extant or not. 

The findings were published this month in Icarus, the International Journal of Solar System Studies.

The experts were attracted to this site since it was supposed to be a haven for water, warmth and stuff that could provide nutrients for life to flourish.
The depression is existent inside a crater on the Hellas Basin.

This has on its edges a great many ice sheets. This glacier of sorts caught the attention of the researchers about seven odd years ago.

The cracks in it were thought to be a great habitation for life. Similar ice crevices have been found in Iceland and Greenland. Another part of the Red Planet also has a similar makeup.

The depression is interesting since it looks like an archery-practice target. The design of it shows that it may contain something never seen before on Mars.

The scientists are keeping their fingers crossed. It was not until 2016 that the experts got a closer look at this depression. They employed stereoscopic images to get a better view of the cavity.

The shape of this crevice was plotted in three dimensional form. Also the amount of material lost in the formation of this depression was calculated. 

The depression, which is one of two on Mars, has a funnel-shaped exterior. This slowly becomes narrower and narrower with an increase in depth. This prompted the hypothesis that there was a meltdown at the center that caused ice to pour in from the sidelines.

The scientists have surmised that the two depressions on Mars were formed by different means. This knowledge will not go to waste. It will only serve as the starting point for further analysis into the Martian terrain and depths in the near future.

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