Martian Gemstones   25 comments

The Gemstones of Mars

Precious gems are not exactly what you would expect to find on Mars. The “Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars,” CRISM, for short, is a nifty device that has already found indications of water on Mars; a pretty cool move in itself, using a technique known by the fancy title of “reflectance spectroscopy” which allows it to "see" minerals on the Martian surface.

Not satisfied with just being a smart Imaging Spectrometer it goes one step further and on occasion becomes super-smart and really shows off detecting gemstone. The pretty picture below is a Martian crater’s central peak, the vari-coloured area representing minerals, whilst the pretty pink areas represent concentrated hydrated silica better what is known on Earth as Opal.

CRISM Finds Opal in a Martian Crater_Image Credit: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

CRISM Finds Opal in a Martian Crater:  NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

Opal is a really cool discovery. One reason is that opal often has high water content. And on Earth opals often contain preserved fossils and other signs of biology consequently it could potentially preserve the history of life on Mars. Martian Opal is also more valuable than the most precious diamond shining brightly in the sol light of Earth. Collect a handful and you could be an incredibly rich Earth dweller!

Opal is the birthstone for October, so what better place to go for your birthday treat than Opal hunting on Mars? Who knows how many of these precious and beautiful gemstones are lying in wait for you birthday babes in the Craters of Mars just waiting for you budding October opal babes to flash your geologists hammer to expose these glimmering gemstone treasures in the shimmering Martian sun.

Read more about CRISM on a new web site dedicated to the instrument and its discoveries on Mars.

25 responses to “Martian Gemstones

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  1. Wolfie, could you pop over and get me a few? I am not born in October but would be glad of them anyway…

    • 🙂 Yes..lol…I’m sure you could!! Wolfie too and neither am I an October Wolfie😀 I will pop over right away…ensure you get best pickings before anyone else heads out there..but Pat? Please do not show off with your Martian opals…using them as fancy golf balls is very inappropriate ok!!😉

  2. Oh how completely fascinating! Thank you for educating me!

  3. This is a very useful tool but luckily humans are far enough away not
    to plunder the surface of this planet as they have and still are raping
    Mother Earth for everything that they can find😦 I guess some humans
    are just too greedy for their own good. I like the technology but does it
    need to be used for gain? It will be a number of years before man can
    mine Mars so that’s one thing in the planets favour🙂

    Have a really great start to your Thursday
    Icywolfy and thank you for this fine posting🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • Well it doesn’t have to be for human gain…but Martian Opals for Icewolfie
      !do sound rather appealing! I haven’t actually heard anything about plans to mine Mars…we’re hoping to go and live on it after all! I suppose that could lead to mining but I do wonder how many Martian colonists would fancy going down Martian mines😉 Then again we might find ourselves living underground if surface life proves too hazardous so maybe…!😉 xx

  4. It would be really interesting if there are fossils in them.

  5. Amazing just what they can do these days Timid One.

    Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies – sparkling rainbows, fireworks, and lightning, shifting and moving in their depths. ~Author Unknown
    Be well Timid One
    Kenny x

    • Oooh! Love that quote Kenny! Couldn’t have put it better my Wolfie self😉 Hope you’re keeping warm and well in that especially icy cold part of the Northern Spiral Arm of the galaxy lol
      Timid one😉 x

  6. Hi there. Sorry I’ve missed so many of your posts. I’m really battling to get the hang of working 7 days a week with my new shop and keeping up the blog. I’m sure I’ll get used to the routine – well, I simply have to, as I miss you all far too much

    • Hey no problem! I know this routine very well myself! Staggering exhausted to the blog site can at times all seem a little bit too much to handle😉 It’s lovely to see you when you can get here but I totally understand when you can’t so take good care and don’t work into the ground! Wolfie hugs and long, loud intergalactic hooooOOOOOOOoooooWWWWWwwwwwwLLLLLLLLLLssssss!!!!🙂

  7. I would like to go Opal hunting on Mars! Lets go! 🙂

  8. I think it was Gold the Martians were after when the landed here on Earth way back when… Opals I much prefer…. when is the next space flight?… Another big smiles post Wolfie… Hope you didnt fly away in the wind today my friend xoxox

  9. Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart.

  10. Danke liebe Wölfie wünsche dir einen schönen Nachmittag liebe Grüße und Freundschaft.Gislinde

  11. Hmm, martian opal mining. On my to-do list. LOL

    • Of course it is Brenda!! Hop on board the Christmas Martian Opal Mining Shuttle😉 And thank you for your visit, it’s lovely to see you here and you’re always very welcome…so hurry, hurry! No time to waste lol We don’t want anyone else getting to those Martian Opals before us now do we? lol😀

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