UCLA researcher discovers Mars has tectonic plates

Planetary geologistĀ An Yin has made a startling discovery about Mars:

UCLA scientist discovers plate tectonics on Mars

For years, many scientists had thought that plate tectonics existed nowhere in our solar system but on Earth. Now, a UCLA scientist has discovered that the geological phenomenon, which involves the movement of huge crustal plates beneath a planet’s surface, also exists on Mars.

This is exciting news, Mars has earthquakes and lava!

The article also talks about the Grand Canyon of Mars that is 9x times bigger, called Valles Marineris.



View of an interior of part of Mars’ Valles Marineris. The curved white strips in the center of the valley are winkled sedimentary layers resulted from deformation induced by nearby fault motion.

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