Mud Volcanoes May Help Search for Life on Mars

Mud Volcanoes May Help Search for Life on Mars
The mounds shown here, located in the Southern Acidalia Planitia, range in size between 20 and 500 meters in diameter.
(Image: © NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

If life does — or ever did —

The region appears to be

"If there was life

In a study published in the

"The Oehler paper adds

Mars mud volcanoes?

Oehler and Allen analyzed

Through these assessments,

Scientists first observed

"I also thought that

Muddy volcano science

Mud volcanoes are geological

Offshore, they can also be a

The size of mud volcanoes

Mars mud volcanoes and

One of the major goals of

While the surface

"If life were present

Studies such as this could

"None of the previous

However, Tanaka said the age

"There has been a great

Tanaka points to a Martian

Meanwhile, Oehler and her

"We do believe that

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