The influence of Mars on Earth reaches to the depths of our oceans

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The influence of Mars on Earth may be greater than we thought. In fact, the Red Planet, located more than 140 million miles from Earth, could be generating giant whirlpools in the deepest parts of our oceans. New research has revealed that changes in deep water currents found on Earth appear to coincide with times when Mars and Earth interacted while orbiting the Sun.

The culprit of this influence is something we call resonance. Astronomers describe resonance as a phenomenon in which two orbiting bodies (in this case, Earth and Mars) apply a gravitational push and pull to each other. This interaction influences the shape of the planet’s orbits, as well as their proximity to circular ones and even their distance from the Sun.

It’s an interesting revelation that could help better explain the nature of neighboring planets and the influence they have on each other. If Mars’s influence on Earth is really causing these eddies in our deep oceans, then it helps provide us with more information about the natural climate cycles our planet experiences.

Mars in colorImage source: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/G. Miguel,

It also helps us rule out the possibility that these eddies and the sediment they leave stranded everywhere are not related to the current climate change Problems facing our planet. Researchers claim that these Mars-affected currents are capable of reaching the bottom of the deepest areas of our oceans, where they erode the seabed and create large accumulations of sediment.

Unfortunately, if our current climate problems persist, they are likely to outpace any of the natural changes our planet is experiencing, researchers say. However, these sediment accumulations can still provide us with a lot of information about our planet’s past. Researchers also believe that Mars’ influence on Earth may also help mitigate some of the impacts of a possible AMOC collapse.

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is one of the most important currents in our oceans and is responsible for transporting warm water from the tropics to the far reaches of the North Atlantic. If it were to collapse, it would create huge climate problems. However, the influence Mars has on our ocean currents can help with that. It’s unclear exactly how much they could help, but it’s something that researchers will hopefully delve into further.

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