Mars sports a huge, hidden column of scorching rock

Scientists say a column of hot, burning rock as wide as the continental United States is rising near the Martian core and may help explain recent volcanism and earthquakes seen on the Red Planet.

Most volcanoes on Mars It occurred during the first 1.5 billion years of its history, leaving behind gigantic monuments such as Olympus Mons, the highest mountain in the solar system. However, scientists have largely believed that Mars has since cooled, essentially dead over the past three billion years or so. But in recent years, scientists have seen hints of geological activity after all, and now scientists have found a mushroom-shaped plume of scorching rock floating below an area called Elysium Planitia that may explain the latest findings.

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