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Waters On Mars: Scientists Linked Impact Crater To Ancient Martian Tsunamis

First Posted: Mar 27, 2017 05:25 AM EDT
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Researchers have located an impact crater linked to a powerful tsunami that swept across part of ancient Mars. That has triggered 150 metre-high water on Mars tsunami waves when it plunged into an ocean on the red planet three billion years ago.

According to BBC, the details of the research of waters on Mars were outlined at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Lomonosov crater in the planet's northern plains fits the bill as the source of tsunami deposits identified on the surface. Scientists stated that the feature is extremely degraded today, with a collapsed crater rim.

The NASA scientists presented the report on waters on Mars at the 2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in the Woodlands, Texas. The team led by Francois Costard, planetary geomorphologists from the University Paris-Sud in France, it has identified the possible sources for one or more of these tsunamis.

The team and the researchers began by looking for craters that might reveal the locations of tsunami-producing impacts. They have modeled a system about the waters on Mars would propagate.

India Today has reported that some scientists think an ocean might once have filled the vast lowland region that occupies the red planets northerly latitudes. The water on Mars waves washed over the boundary between the southern highlands and northern lowlands help strengthen the hypothesis.

However, the scientists have previously proposed the occurrence of the waters on Mars. But the recently published report is the first study to link an event to an impact crater.

NASA scientists have reported this is not the first time scientists examined the evidence for waters on Mars. The scientists have published a report on Nature, stated that two mega-tsunamis had wiped out the shorelines of an ocean that existed in the northern hemisphere.

The report is based on images captured by Mars-orbiting spacecraft. That about 3.4 billion years ago, two meteors crashed into the Martian ocean, that is triggering 400-ffot-high tsunami waves.

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