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THIS IS HOW MARS WOULD LOOK IF IT STILL HAD WATER.

THIS IS HOW MARS WOULD LOOK IF IT STILL HAD WATER.

Mars is very aptly nicknamed “The Red Planet.” Aside from some dry ice polar caps, the landscape on Mars is cold, dry, and rocky. However, that wasn’t always the case. Four billion years ago Mars was covered in water. It had a much thicker atmosphere that kept the planet warm enough for rivers to flow and for liquid water to stand. On November 18, NASA will be launching the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) which will try to determine what happened to the atmosphere on Mars. 

In the meantime scientists have speculated about what Mars may have looked like in its heyday. The crew from the Goddard Conceptual Image Lab has put together a video of what a flyover would look like if Mars were covered in water. Some estimates have claimed there could have been as much as 1640 feet (0.5 km) of water covering the entire planet. Liquid water is a vital ingredient for life and the potential for life on Mars has been hotly debated lately.

The high-resolution video depicts the history of Mars over the last 4 billion years. The scene opens on a landscape covered in water with white, billowy clouds overhead. As the clouds begin to roll, it shows the passage of time. The atmosphere thins out, causing the water to evaporate. Gradually, all of the rivers and lakes dry up and the atmosphere is too thin to retain any of the sun’s heat. It ends with the Mars we know today: a barren, ice cold rock.

There are a few leading ideas about what may have happened to the atmosphere on Mars which include asteroid impact and the loss of the magnetic field due to solar wind. According to the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars has not had a magnetic field in 3.7 billion years. MAVEN will reach the planet in September 2014 and will hopefully answer many questions about what has happened over the last 4 billion years to change the surface of Mars so drastically.

Source www.iflscience.com

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Show me mars through your telescope…
I’m just saying y’all are very lost in Outer Space it’s pitiful

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That’s how the moon would look if it had everything the earth has….?

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What would Uranus look like if it had Klingons on it?

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No one nose and never will make up shit

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That giant scar on Mars is probably what’s left of what destroyed Mars.

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It changed for a reason

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Because it collided with something.

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Probly were we came from

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Liquid water

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and earth would still be a paradise, unspoilt by the Martians who came here and fucked everything up

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Mars was once like earth it just traveled out of course from the sun

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It does still have water, its just frozen and mostly under the surface, who writes this shit?

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Good call. Apologies

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Read Tony’s reply again , I don’t think he was referring to you . I think he was agreeing with you

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MY house doesn’t even have a basement dipsh!t. Try again dbag

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A person living in their parents basement wearing a foil hat

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It does have water .. The government just don’t want us to know the truth.

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This is how mars lucks like now

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so what happened to all the water

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It has got water u need too drill 100 foot down too make it the same as earth

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Rumor is that unique isotopes, only produced by nuclear weapons, have been discovered on Mars. Many of these isotopes have half-lives of many thousands of years. Something happened to Mars. The atmosphere is gone. Only 1/100th of Earth’s, mainly Carbon Dioxide. :O

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@scott….and that is?

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I think the giant electrical scarring on the planet is a good indicator of what happened.

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It collided with planet x, nibiru or whatever you want to call it. Leaving the asteroid belt, and taking away it’s magnetic field.

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like our Earth <3

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like Earth

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Maybe the lack of water is why we were relocated

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MARS – MARine Succesion – Its written right in its name that it had marine oceans on it, and they eventually succeeded into the next phase of planetary evolution

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Perhaps this is still how Mars looks, what if humans are being blind by a subliminal cloak of some kind.

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What if Mars was a Biblical Garden of Eden. Oops! my thought is weird.

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Ring a bell??

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mars apparently looking quite different than nasa is telling us!

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Knew it

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This is how Mars looks now, without all the filters they put on the cameras that is 😉

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The water got bumped to this planet …

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Wed a pipe line?

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This is what Mars once was. Just like Earth. Nothing is forever. Now it lies dormant.

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I’m home Toto! There’s no place like home!

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Shared.

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Look at ALL the evidence! Aliens took our solar system and dumped all refugees here!

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i dont buy any of it

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Yaayyy 🙂

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Ya

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After the invasion and war, all the bodies of water was transfered here…that’s why we have too much water on this planet!!!

James Smith
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Too much water? I had never heard that before.

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Hmmmm….somebody has some homework to do!

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What invasion.

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I thought it did have water Carl.

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