Amazing Images of What Mars Would Have Looked Like Covered in Water

Monday, 09 March 2015 - 5:28PM
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Monday, 09 March 2015 - 5:28PM
Amazing Images of What Mars Would Have Looked Like Covered in Water

With the recent discovery that Mars was likely covered by a gigantic ocean four billion years ago, ESO has released beautiful and scientifically accurate simulations of the Red Planet covered in water:

 

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[Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser]

 

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[Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger]

 

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[Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser]

 

These artists' conceptions depict the hypothesized ocean on the northern sector of Mars. According to a recent study by NASA researchers, Mars was once covered by a sea as large as the Arctic Ocean, which held enough water to form a global ocean of 450 feet. The actual ocean is thought to have reached up to 5,200 feet deep, and may have covered as much as 19% of the planet. 

 

According to these simulations, Mars still wouldn't have looked very much like Earth. Although the discovery of this ocean is very encouraging in the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists still do not necessarily project that there would have been a teeming plant life that would have rendered Mars green while it was host to liquid water. So far, it still would have been a dry, red planet apart from the ocean, or the Red and Blue planet.

 

The remaining water on Mars is, as far as we know, frozen in the polar ice caps. However, Mars rovers are continually searching for liquid water or other signs of biological life, and researchers are confident that Mars could very well still be host to flowing water.

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