Some researchers have been looking forward to more earthquakes that could offer more data about the seismic activity that takes place on the Red Planet. A pair of scientists have elaborated on a new model that offers exciting facts related to the chemical structure of Mars.
For the development of the model, they harnessed data collected by satellites to estimate the size of the space between the core and the mantle. It appears that the core features some amount of light elements, among which we can count sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen.
By learning more about the chemical and structural layout of rocky planets, scientists discover more about the conditions that contributed to the formation of the objects, the factors which allowed the separation of the core from the mantle, and how much crust surfaced in a given timeframe.
A new model may offer more data about the chemical composition of Mars
Similar methods and models have been used by the first astronomers to estimate data related to the size, mass, and density of some stars and the moons, with a critical factor being the distance and orbital trajectories followed by these objects.
In the present, astronomers rely on a significant amount of data collected by spacecraft to learn more details about a planet. However, the density of a planet remains a mystery for now, even if some satellites are equipped with powerful tools. The seismic profile of a planet provides a substantial amount of valuable information. When such an event takes place, sound waves can be tracked as they move across the layers of rock.
The chemical properties of the layers influence the speed that can be reached by the sound waves. For example, the existence of the iron core found inside Earth was confirmed in 1914 by seismologists, who argued that it could be found at a depth of 2,900 kilometers. More data can be found in a paper published in a scientific journal.