Opals Found On Mars

Mars in the daytime

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered a large number of opals on Mars that could help solve the question of whether life ever existed on the Red Planet? Opals are only found where water once was. The discovery made them wonder could the Red Planet provide water for any future human missions to the Martian surface. Considered a gemstone, opals display shimmering colors that usually look like rainbows.

Considered a gemstone, opals display shimmering colors that usually look like rainbows. These gems are formed when silicon oxides dissolve in a moist environment and then harden in the cracks between rocks. This process transforms opals into miniature oases that can contain up to 20% water.

Martian opals have previously been spotted from afar by NASA’s orbiter, and have been identified in Martian meteorites that have fallen to Earth. Now, a team led by Travis Gabriel, a research scientist at the US Geological Survey, shows that the Curiosity rover has also encountered light-colored opal deposits on the Martian surface.

Scientists know that Mars was much wetter and warmer about 3.7 billion years ago, but the presence of opal deposits in Gale Crater suggests that the planet may have also experienced short-term flooding during the past few hundred million years. Although it is unlikely that life still survives on the dry Martian surface, these brief floods may have helped microbes survive deeper underground, or preserved microbial remains in opals.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
This entry was posted in paranormal romance,. Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Opals Found On Mars

  1. It certainly is a fascinating thought that some tiny trace might still be found in the depths!


  2. It’s has been a while


  3. FromTheStars says:

    Welcome . Very interesting. Thank you. πŸ™‚


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.