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Mars water erosion

Martian water erosion. Gullies and channels on the surface of Mars thought to indicate the presence of liquid water in its recent history. They are thought to have been formed by groundwater seepage and surface runoff. The lack of small impact craters, common elsewhere on Mars, implies that they are young features. This means that liquid water may still exist just below the surface of Mars, which would provide a viable habitat for life. These features are in the Noachis Terra region in Mars southern hemisphere. This image, three kilometres wide, was taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft orbiting Mars. Data analysed in 2000

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Channels Cosmology Erosion Geomorphology Gullies Gully Hydrology Mars Martian Nasa Planetary Satellite


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This print showcases the remarkable phenomenon of water erosion on Mars. The image captures intricate gullies and channels etched onto the Martian surface, offering compelling evidence of liquid water's presence in the planet's recent history. Scientists believe that these features were formed by a combination of groundwater seepage and surface runoff. What makes these formations particularly intriguing is their youthful appearance, as they lack small impact craters commonly found elsewhere on Mars. This suggests that these gullies and channels are relatively new additions to the landscape. Consequently, it raises exciting possibilities for the existence of liquid water just beneath Mars' surface, potentially creating a viable habitat for life. Located in the Noachis Terra region within Mars' southern hemisphere, this three-kilometer-wide image was captured by the powerful lens of the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft orbiting our neighboring planet. The data analyzed from this photograph has provided valuable insights into Martian geology and hydrology. As we continue to explore our cosmic neighborhood, images like this serve as a reminder of how much there is still left to discover about other worlds beyond Earth. This mesmerizing snapshot offers us a glimpse into an alien landscape where nature's forces have sculpted fascinating features through processes similar yet distinct from those found on our own home planet.

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