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Layered-sulfates’ history in NE Syrtis Major

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Daven Quinn and Bethany Ehlmann recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] The Deposition and Alteration History of the Northeast Syrtis Major Layered Sulfates • The eroded stratigraphy at Northeast Syrtis Major includes … Continue reading

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Geological evidence of a planet‐wide groundwater system on Mars

[Ed. note: Earlier reports about this research here and here.] Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, July 1, 2019: Francesco Salese (Utrecht University). Groundwater had a greater role in shaping the Martian surface and may have sheltered primitive life forms … Continue reading

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Do ice-squeezed aquifers cause marsquakes?

As the Mars InSight lander begins listening to the interior of Mars, some scientists are already proposing that some marsquakes could be signals of groundwater beneath the frozen surface of the Red Planet.  The idea, proposed by Michael Manga, a … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Faulting in Labeatis Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 7, 2019. The linear depressions in this VIS image were created by tectonic forces. The sides of the depression are faults. Paired faults will allow the block of material between them to “slide down” … Continue reading

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Groundwater origin for recurring slope lineae?

In mid-2018, researchers supported by the Italian Space Agency detected the presence of a deep-water lake on Mars under its south polar ice caps. [Ed. note: previously reported here.] Now researchers at the USC Arid Climate and Water Research Center … Continue reading

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Mapping potential sources of Mars water

Missions carrying humans to Mars will require on-site resources, and a project led by Planetary Science Institute (PSI) scientists Nathaniel Putzig and Gareth Morgan is mapping the availability of potential shallow water-ice sources across the surface of the Red Planet. … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Geological evidence of a global groundwater system

[Ed. note: This research was reported earlier here.] Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the Red Planet’s surface, five of which may contain minerals crucial to … Continue reading

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Geological evidence for a planet-wide groundwater system on Mars

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Francesco Salese and four co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Geological evidence of planet-wide groundwater system on Mars • Geological evidence supporting Martian planet-wide groundwater upwelling • Water-saturated zone intercepted by … Continue reading

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Portable radar unit could help astronauts hunt for water on Mars

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water. ScanMars is an Italian experiment that was used to identify subsurface water features in the Mars-like Dhofar region of Oman during … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Crosscross tectonics in Lycus Sulci

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 14, 2018. Lycus Sulci is a very complex region surrounding the northern and western flanks of Olympus Mons. This VIS image shows some of the tectonic features found in Lycus Sulci as well as … Continue reading

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