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Rising from the floor of Gale Crater on Mars, a stack of sedimentary rock called Mount Sharp towers 5.5 kilometers above the ground. The mountain is only a little shorter than North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s Mount Denali (nearly 6.2 kilometers high). Monstrous mountains on Earth are usually created by colliding  plates of the planet’s…

  New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. Their location helps pin down when water on the Red Planet dried up during a global climate change event. The research was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the…

Life on Mars

Gary Kocurek, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the Jackson School of Geosciences, was part of the team that reported two new findings from the Mars Curiosity rover: an ancient lake could have sustained life on the red planet and sediments at Gale Crater are similar to deposits found elsewhere on Mars. NASA’s…

Lecture Recap: The Latest on Martian Ice

by Thomas Minor Jack Holt, research scientist at the Institute for Geophysics (UTIG), is currently researching Amazonian ice deposits on Mars, both at the polar caps and at the middle latitudes. Holt offered an update on his research in the Nov. 22, 2011 UTIG weekly seminar, “A New View of Ice on Mars: Viscous Fluid,…

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