It just appears this is one of the times when scientists do not seem to agree on any particular scientific facts – and the NASA discovery of a strange-looking formation on the surface of Mars is fuelling this presumption.

With its high-powered telescopes and spatial technology, NASA has captured the image of an odd-looking formation on the surface of Mars – and the idea of how this formation came to be is generating a number of controversies and scientific theories among space authorities.

NASA gives an apt description of the strange formation: “It looks like a circular island surrounded by a ‘sea’ of smooth-looking lava flows. Therefore, it is highly possible that volcanism played a role in creating this feature. Perhaps lava has intruded underneath this mount and pushed it up from beneath. It looks as if material is missing from the mound, so it is also possible that there was a significant amount of ice in the mound that was driven out by the heat of the lava.”

Located in the Athabasca Valles region of Mars, the formation appears to be 1.2 miles wide, with something that looks like “snake-like mounds” making its top surfaces. The controversy facing scientists is on how the formation came to occur – that is, what could have happened to create the formation and its shape.

Since the Athabasca Valles region is already known to have smooth lava where the strange formation is located, it is believed by some theorists that volcanic activities may have resulted in the shape of the formation. And this could have been made possible if flowing lava beneath the mound rose to push the mound up into its present formation and shape. Some other school of thought believes the formation could have been the activity of aliens in space, but this remains to be proved in any way.

NASA scientists continue to compare the formation to others to detect similarities by using a modeling technique to get the work done, and this Martian shape has given researchers the opportunity to learn more about the surface of Mars, its history, and how the planets could have been formed.

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