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Sheets of volcanic glass on Mars could shield Martian life forms

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posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 01:04 AM
Sheets of volcanic glass on Mars could shield Martian life forms

• Four million square miles of volcanic glass detected on Martian surface
• Evidence of lava interacting with water
• Volcanic glass could be 'best place' to look for life on planet

Nearly four million square miles of the surface of Mars are covered with glass - and the discovery could be evidence that the Red Planet once harboured life.

One of the most popular theories of how life on Earth formed is that undersea volcanic vents created a chemical 'soup' where the first life forms evolved.

Mars is covered in volcanic glass - direct evidence that water and hot magma once interacted on the Red Planet.

These interactions that could create the perfect environments for microbial life,' says Astrobiology Magazine, which reported the research.

The glass on the surface could be a sign of water beneath the surface - or of long-preserved signatures of vanished life forms.

Daily Mail

I think it is likely that life or at least the evidence that life once existed will be found on Mars.

Volcanic glass on Mars: the glass sand that covers Mars is evidence of lava interacting with ice or water, an ideal recipe for the creation of life.

posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 01:11 AM
Now that's very pretty.

posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 02:38 AM
What an amazing environment... Future generations will get to walk around and explore such places, how i envy them

posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 02:46 AM
Carl sagan once said if anyplace in our solar system resembled hell it would be mars.
it will be the next most closely studied body in our solar system but life is not so propable compared to other planets in the milkyway.

posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 03:45 PM
There are no "huge sheets of volcanic glass". What there is are large areas in which the soil is rich in volcanic glass particles, similar to that found in volcanic regions on Earth.

By comparison with the extensive glass-rich dune fields and sand sheets of Iceland, we propose an explosive volcanic origin for these glass-rich sediments.

The weathering of the glass indicates that large areas of Mars' surface may have been exposed to liquid water as recently as about 2 billion years ago or less.
edit on 4/30/2012 by Phage because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 30 2012 @ 03:52 PM
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Aha, see, the same time as the great Noahrian flood in the old testament, they just got lost a few of the zeros. Some sort of interstellar water gas cloud our solar system crossed paths with I bet.

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