June 19, 2009

Mars was apparently near Spokane before it got crappy (the planet, not Spokane)

We like to talk about the solar system here at JustSON, mainly because we have yet to discover women. However, one discovery about the planet Mars has people once again talking about possible life or former life that once lived on our red neighbor's surface.

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.

"This is the first unambiguous evidence of shorelines on the surface of Mars," said Di Achille. "The identification of the shorelines and accompanying geological evidence allows us to calculate the size and volume of the lake, which appears to have formed about 3.4 billion years ago."

This subject is fascinating because everyone in Spokane seems to be always "going to the lake" which doesn't make much sense. What lake? There are quite a few lakes to choose from and even a river or two. Now does "going to the lake" mean going to Mars?

Just a question, because considering how far these guys with their jet skis drive to put them in water, Mars might be closer.

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