Geological explanation for the 'alien spaceship' on Mars + 8.5 billion barrels of oil

Here's the scientific explanation for the 'alien spaceship' on Mars

EXCERPT: . . . In a paper published recently in the "Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets," scientists at Johns Hopkins University offer a simple explanation for the odd topography of an artifact that some mistook for a crashed alien spaceship. They say the purported spacecraft is actually something only a geologist could love — the handiwork of ancient volcanism, not Vulcans.

The artifact is located in a region of Mars known as the Medusae Fossae Formation. It's a strange-looking geologic deposit the size of Alaska and Texas combined. It's also notable for the fact that radar signals aimed its way are only weakly reflected, a "stealth" attribute that some consider to be possibly unnatural. After all, stealth aircraft are engineered to be hard to see on radar. Had something or someone managed to do the same with the terrain of the Medusae Fossae?

The purported spaceship is big compared to our own rockets — about the size of the Notre Dame football stadium. Even so, it's nearly lost in the corrugated expanse of the Medusae Fossae Formation. But if you can find it, and if you screw up your eyes, it looks like a saucer-shaped craft that bungled its landing and slid into the Martian dirt....


Estimate of 8.5 billion barrels of oil in Texas' Eagle Ford Group

SUMMARY: The Eagle Ford Group of Texas contains estimated means of 8.5 billion barrels of oil, 66 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to a new assessment.


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