Fast Facts About Martian Flood Plains
Some scientists think that Mars could have had floods relatively recently: maybe only 10 million years ago. That’s recent in geologic terms: Mars is probably over 4 billion years old.
At their peak these floods may have carried 50,000 times as much water as the Amazon river on Earth.
The landing site for the first MER rover is Gusev crater. It is believed to have once been a crater lake. The channel that fed it is half a mile deep and 500 miles long.
Where’s the water now? Some of it’s in the polar ice caps. But we now know that there’s a lot of ice buried under the ground: at least enough to fill Lake Michigan twice over. But right now we can only detect water a few feet underground, so there could be much more.


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