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Curiosity Rover FindsSoil Similar To Volcanic Sand On Hawaii's Mauna Kea

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posted on Oct, 31 2012 @ 12:30 PM

Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.An analysis revealed it contained feldspar and olivine, minerals typically associated with volcanic eruptions. Mission scientists say the Martian soil is similar to volcanic soil on the flanks of Mauna Kea.

I didn't see this posted yet, seems an interesting find that their once was possible volcanic activity on Mars. The article didn't state about any other type of analysis of the soil. see what Curiosity digs up next when it turns toward the mountain near the end of the year. It will be interesting to see if it finds any clues to past life on the planet.

posted on Oct, 31 2012 @ 01:30 PM
reply to post by mugger

Possible volcanic activity in the past? Olympus Mons is the largest (known) volcano in our solar system.

Right, I should also mention that it's cool that it's similar in composition.
edit on 31/10/2012 by CrikeyMagnet because: I sent too soon!

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