Thursday, September 27, 2012

Evidence of Ancient Streams on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has only been on the surface of Mars seven weeks but it has already turned up evidence of past flowing water on the planet.

The robot has returned pictures of classic conglomerates - rocks that are made up of gravels and sand.

Scientists on the mission team say the size and rounded shape of the pebbles in the rock indicate they had been transported and eroded in water.

Researchers think the rover has found a network of ancient streams.

Read it all here.



Grant Dexter said...

Do you know how to get water running on Mars - enough to erode streams and a monster canyon?

Alice Linsley said...

Grant, great images from Mars! Thanks for the link.

Good question. On Earth the great rivers often begin where there has been tectonic uplift or rifts. Such is true of the great Nile.