Mars Has Tectonic Plates Just Like Earth

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August 12, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!


Mars is like Earth in a lot of ways: It snows on the Red Planet, and a full day is a little more than 24 hours. Now, scientists have found yet another similarity. Just like Earth, Mars also has tectonic plates.

For years, scientists suspected these tectonic plates existed on the Red Planet. But UCLA Professor An Lin confirmed it this week after analyzing more than 100 satellite images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. About a dozen of those images contained features Yin had seen before in his studies of Earth’s major plate divides.

“Many of the features looked very much like fault systems I have seen in the Himalayas and Tibet, and in California as well, including the geomorph…
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