For scientists, it was only the planet Earth, where plate tectonics existed till now. But recently, a scientist from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA) has discovered that this geological phenomenon is featured on the planet Mars also.
It is basically a phenomenon, due to which huge crustal plates underneath the surface of a planet experiences movement. An Yin, is the man behind this discovery. He was analyzing the satellite images from THEMIS (Thermal Emission Imaging System), an instrument on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft and from HIRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, when he discovered this fact.
After analyzing a collection of around 100 satellite images, he was astonished to notice a dozen revealing the similar fact: existence of plate tectonics.
Himalayas and Tibet are two regions of Earth, where seven chief plates of Earth’s surface split. Prior to this recent research over Mars, Yin had even carried out a geologic research in these areas. And what he found in the satellite images of Mars was highly similar to that of Himalayas and Tibet.
Flat sides of a canyon wall, which is natural and is made by fault, along with a steep cliff, as that of cliffs in California's Death Valley, were found there.
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