Mega-tsunamis once rolled across Mars’ surface, study finds

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Published 6:09 pm, Monday, March 27, 2017

The idea of red, sand-filled Martian beaches might sound like an enticing getaway, but think again.

A new study showcased at a science conference in The Woodlands argues that Mars may have once been filled with vast oceans and an enormous asteroid-caused tsunamis.

According to Cosmos Magazine, scientists were able discover these oceans by studying ancient Martian shorelines and what they believe are the thumbprints of tsunamis that occurred billions of years ago.


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In other words, Mars could have had a Northern ocean.

Researchers studied a specific 37-mile impact crater as well as a long-gone shoreline more than 600 miles away.

Scientists believe  these waves could have reached 984 feet in height where the asteroid smashed into the ocean, and roughly 246  to 262 feet in height by the time they reached the shore.

“It indicates that there was a substantial amount of water in residence on the Martian surface at this time and that has likely implications for the total inventory of water on Mars,” François Costard, the study’s lead scientists, told the BBC.

Costard noted that there is still a lot of ambiguity, but evidence suggests “a very persuasive case for a water-rich planet.”

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