Iceland's fire and ice may hold Martian clues


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The interactions of volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland may provide due to some of the features on Mars that indicate flowing water years ago and other unusual surface conditions described as chaotic, ground broken up in unusual patterns. In a paper delivered to the American Astronomical Society, Carlton C. Allen, a University of Arizona graduate student in planetary sciences, drew the parallel between Mars and Iceland, where, he explained, there are more than 200 volcanoes, some of which are still active. One eighth of the island is covered by glaciers, and during the last Ice Age the entire surface was covered by ice. Thus volcanoes have erupted beneath Iceland's glaciers many times in the past, and some still do so today.