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November 3 2012

The Ancient Glaciers of Mars --Is the Red Planet Between Ice Ages?


"Mars is not a dead planet -it undergoes climate changes that are even more pronounced than on Earth," according to James Head, planetary geologist, Brown University.

The image above was taken on 6 June 2012 by ESA’s Mars Express --combined to form a natural-color view of Nereidum Montes. Undulations in crater floors are commonly seen in mid-latitude regions on Mars and are believed to be a result of glacial movement. This perspective view highlights many of the rippled sand dunes which form on the leeward (wind-sheltered) sides of mounds and canyons, as well as the lobate and fan-shaped surface around the impact crater which dominates the lower portion of the image.

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