Evidence for Recent Liquid Water on Mars:Gullies in Crater Wall, Noachis Terra
March 19, 2003
Gullies eroded into the wall of a meteor impact crater in Noachis Terra. This high resolution view (top left) from the Mars Global Surveyor(MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) shows channels and associated aprons of debris that are interpreted to have formed by groundwater seepage, surface runoff, and debris flow. The lack of small craters superimposed on the channels and apron deposits indicates that these features are geologically young. It is possible that these gullies indicate that liquid water is present within the martian subsurface today. The MOC image was acquired on September 28, 1999. The scene covers an area approximately 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) wide by 6.7 km (4.1 mi)high (note, the aspect ratio is 1.5 to 1.0).
Topics: Environment, Noachis Terra, Nereidum Montes, Mars, Mars Global Surveyor, Disaster Accident, Hellas quadrangle