Water On Moon May Have Come From Ancient Volcanic Eruptions: Study


Since NASA confirmed the presence of water on the surface of the Moon, a number of researches have been conducted to understand the source of the water on the surface. And now, new research has suggested an unlikely source for this water. He stated that the presence of water on Earth’s closest neighbors could be the result of volcanoes – which we now know have occurred many times on the Moon in the past.

The moon’s volcanic activity could have started 4.2 billion years ago. It probably lasted until about a billion years ago. The dark spots, which we see today on the surface of the Moon, are vast plains of igneous rocks that emerged as a result of this large-scale volcanic activity. Scientists are trying to understand whether those volcanic eruptions may have released previously trapped gases. And whether these gases could fall back onto the moon’s surface and form layers of ice in permanently dark areas, far from sunlight.

This may be a possibility, the scientists added. Our model indicates that [around] In their study published in the journal C, the researchers wrote that 41 percent of the total mass of H2O that erupted during this period could condense as ice in the polar regions, up to several hundred meters thick. Planetary Science Journal.

They said the research indicates that the moon’s period of volcanic activity was short-lived, leading to efficient sequestration of water ice at the poles and the availability of water ice and steam at all latitudes.

The researchers based their study on the hypothesis that not all water vapors from lunar volcanic eruptions were dissipated in the solar wind. Some of that could have settled down like frost. Thus, the water on the Moon could have come from this unlikely but likely source.

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