Mystery of methane on Mars deepens as scientists find it’s not coming from eroded rocks

The mystery around methane ‘spikes’ on Mars that have fuelled speculation about being caused by alien life has deepened.

Previously, scientists thought that the spikes of the gas (which can be released by both biological and geological sources) might have come from wind erosion of rocks on Mars.

But that’s not the case, according to new research published in Scientific Reports and published by researchers from Newcastle University.

Principal investigator Dr Jon Telling said: ‘The questions are – where is this methane coming from, and is the source biological?

‘That’s a…
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