Scientists wonder about circular formations on Mars as they cannot yet explain the rare and strange formations recently discovered on the planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has recently captured the new image showing that the new finding is a formation in the shape of a circle of 1.2 mile wide in the Red Planets Athabasca region. Around 80 percent of all craters in the Athabasca Valles region are in fact secondary craters from the impact that created the Zuni crater.
“It looks like a circular island surrounded by a ‘sea’ of smooth-looking lava flows. Therefore, it is highly possible that volcanism played a role in creating this feature. Perhaps lava has intruded underneath this mount and pushed it up from beneath. It looks as if material is missing from the mound, so it is also possible that there was a significant amount of ice in the mound that was driven out by the heat of the lava.”
The anomaly in Mars’ surface features many unusual characteristics which carry on baffling scientists. NASA continues to say that they hope that a close examination of the HiRISE image and other ones around it may lead to some clues about its formation.
The region around the odd formation is an area of smooth calm looking lava. Experts from NASA said the volcanoes in the area are possible to have affected the creation of a few of the structures on the red planet.
NASA scientists wonder about circular formations on Mars but they also say that are various other oddities similar in the area that are still baffling scientists. The scientists’ hunt for answers is still in progress at the moment.
NASA provides this theory:
“Perhaps lava has intruded underneath this mount and pushed it up from beneath. It looks as if material is missing from the mound, so it is also possible that there was a significant amount of ice in the mound that was driven out by the heat of the lava.”
The camera known as HiRISE has a 19.7 aperture reflecting telescope. This kind of telescope is the largest that is used at this moment on space missions.