Wednesday, June 17, 2009

OT: Lake on Mars

University of Colorado team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars (6/17/09

"A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet.

"Estimated to be more than 3 billion years old, the lake appears to have covered as much as 80 square miles and was up to 1,500 feet deep -- roughly the equivalent of Lake Champlain bordering the United States and Canada, said CU-Boulder Research Associate Gaetano Di Achille, who led the study. The shoreline evidence, found along a broad delta, included a series of alternating ridges and troughs thought to be surviving remnants of beach deposits."

I always thought that the Martian civilization was utterly destroyed when the first probe from Earth was landed on Mars. You see, the Martians were sub-nano-size, and their entire civilization fit right under one of the landing pads of the probe. As they waved flags of welcome to the probe from a neighboring planet, the probe just grew bigger, and bigger, and bigger...


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