APR 25, 2018 07:53 PM PDT

These Clues Indicate That Water Once Flowed On Mars


At first glance, it looks as if Earth is the only planet in the solar system that has ever sported vast liquid oceans. On the other hand, planetary scientists think that Mars had flowing water of its own at one point in the past.

Various clues support this theory, including the presence of gray-colored hematite in the red planet's plains, multiple sites of multi-layered rock that looks as if flowing water carved it out, and signs of chlorine and bromine residing in the rocks.

Many of these discoveries wouldn't have been possible without NASA's Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, but exploration won't end there. The space agency's upcoming Mars 2020 rover is nearing completion and will soon pick up exploring where its predecessors left off.

It should be interesting to see whether Mars 2020 validates these findings or if it discovers new ones entirely.
About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
SEP 20, 2018
Videos
SEP 20, 2018
Is height all genetics?
For those of us who are more, ahem, vertically challenged, shall we say, it's likely that you've wondered what is responsible for your height (or l...
SEP 21, 2018
Videos
SEP 21, 2018
How Artificial Sweeteners Impact the Body
Sugar alternatives may be low in calories, but they are probably not without consequence....
OCT 05, 2018
Videos
OCT 05, 2018
What is Site-directed Mutagenesis?
Site-directed mutagenesis is a common tool in the molecular laboratory. But someone had to pioneer it first....
OCT 09, 2018
Videos
OCT 09, 2018
Take-out doesn't have to be this way
I love take-out just as much as the next person, but there's something that gets to me every time I order in: the amount of single-use waste that comes...
OCT 11, 2018
Videos
OCT 11, 2018
An Inexpensive Kit Teaches Kids About Molecular Biology
Biology is advancing at a rapid pace. Students will be ready for those advances if they can learn about cutting-edge concepts at an early age....
OCT 14, 2018
Videos
OCT 14, 2018
Counteracting Plastic Straws by Using Plant Fibers
According to the United Nations, ocean plastics kill an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually—and straws are much to blame. Already, the state of...
Loading Comments...