Marsquakes may be evidence of ground water

A view of the “Kimberley” the formation of Mars, taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Washington to Oklahoma to share in a surprising, dynamic, and even more.

The fracking boom has spurred a strong increase in the number of tremors in the Sooner State, and surrounding Texas, scientists say. These quakes are caused by injection of wastewater into the ground, which increases the pressure and leads to the disruption of the tectonic plate faults.

The shallow earthquakes on the Red Planet, such as recently detected by NASA’s Insight Mars lander would be able to have a similar origin, a new study reports.

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Michael Manga, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues found that the compressed water-bearing strata that can lead to marsquakes. The compression is coming from the Red Planet’s freezing temperatures, causing the freezing of the water-bearing layers of upper layers. (Water expands as it freezes, and you can remember it.)

However, compression alone is probably not enough to get the red ground-shaking, according to the researchers. In their computer simulations, identified two types of triggers — set tug of Phobos, the larger and the closer orbit of Mars two moons, and the changes in barometric pressure, caused by the heating and cooling of the planet’s thin atmosphere.

Further, to think to Understand to determine whether this interpretation is accurate, the researchers said. If that is the case, future Mars explorers could use an earthquake to find the ground would be able to access them just by opening. No pumping would be required, and the water is under pressure, it would come bubbling to the surface on its own.

And this process may not be limited to, Earth, and Mars. The compression of underground water can give rise to ice and volcanoes, ridges, and other features on icy moons of the outer solar system, according to the Manga.

He and his colleagues, a detailed study earlier this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

NASA’s $800 million, the Insight mission will land on the Red Planet in November of 2018. The lander, with the help of an array of sensitive seismometers and other equipment to the map of Mars’s interior in unprecedented detail.

Not everything is going smoothly, however. Understanding this thermal probe is not dug as deep as you want, and the mission team members are still trying to figure out what has stopped the progress.

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