Eruptive volcanoes on Mars have deposited a rare mineral in the crater of the Curiosity rover

The mysterious discovery of a concentrated piece of the rare mineral quartz in the Gale Crater region of Mars by the Curiosity rover in 2016 was finally explained by researchers.

A team of planetary scientists from Rice University, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) believe that the concentrated portion of tridymite was spewed into Gale Crater by a volcano when it was still filled with water until 1 billion years ago.

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