Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii resembles Martian volcanics and possible similar minerals found on Mars and the Moon! Image: USGS

Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii resembles Martian volcanics and possible similar minerals found on Mars and the Moon! Image: USGS

Welcome back, people of Earth!

Our planet is a magnificent playground for science! By learning from our planet's dynamics can we figure out other planetary surfaces! Here is Part 2 from a previous blog (July 4, 2016) listing places around the world that act as a natural planetary lab!

1- Haughton Impact, Canada: Located near Devon Island, Canada, resembles dry and cold conditions and has geomorphology in the crater comparable to what we have seen on Mars!

2-Svalbard, Norway:This is a cold-temperature volcanic region where it serves two purposes: isolation studies and volcanic interactions in cold temperatures. The study of lava wit ice is becoming popular and isolation for astronautic training. 

3-Meteor Crater, U.S.: This famous crater impact site in Flagstaff, Arizona is the site of many studies of how impacts evolve, ejecta, and stratigraphy. It has also served as a purpose for training astronauts in geology training. 

4-Kilauea Volcano, U.S.: Volcanoes are popular for analogues. This, along with other Hawaiian volcanoes, have basaltic minerals that we may see on Mars and the Moon, specifically olivine. This volcano is also being studied for extremophiles!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned next week for: Martian Landing Site Decisions!