Scientists are studying the moon and its environment to gain a better understanding of how it formed, what it used to be like, and what it is made of. Scientists have discovered massive deposits of granite beneath the Compton-Belkovich volcanic complex.

The traces show that the area was active with volcanic activity billions of years ago. There is now conjecture that water was present as well.

According to Space.com, cooled magma triggered eruptions of lunar volcanoes that produced this feature roughly 3.5 billion years ago. Although the revelation was not unexpected, experts had suspected it. They are aware that this location originally housed an ancient volcano complex.

Using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a team of scientists led by Planetary Science Institute researcher Matthew Siegler discovered the region of cooled magma. The granite patch stretched about 31 miles (50 km). That much, though, was unexpected.

According to SMU, scientists detected radioactive heat being generated beneath the Compton-Belkovich area in addition to detecting the temperature.
When it comes to granites, they are fairly prevalent on Earth, but they are extremely rare on the moon. Water and tectonic plates that melt massive bodies beneath the Earth’s surface are responsible for the production of granite on Earth.

Researchers believe that if granite is extant, there must have been water present at the time.

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