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A strange scaly circle on the surface of Mars has become the subject of much speculation for scientists. Reported by the Daily Mail, NASA is currently investigating a strange mark on the South Polar layered deposits of the red planet and, while it’s currently believed to be an impact crater, the icy surface can make accurate assessments of the terrain difficult. An image from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE depicts the large crater surrounded by smaller pocs, and showcases the bizarre texture that has scientists talking. Images such as these can be used to help map the age of the landscape by their size and frequency, however, changes over time make this process increasingly difficult. Continue reading…