Frozen Sea on Mars

    February 24, 2005

What according to scientists appears to be a giant frozen sea has been discovered on Mars.

The sea was located by space probes near the planet’s equator and is covered by a thick layer of volcanic ash.

The water that formed the sea appears to have gushed up from beneath the surface through a series of fractures to form a catastrophic flood in the vast flood plain to an estimated depth of 45 metres.”

According to,

“The discovery was the first of a body of what may be water that has been found away from the polar ice caps and was revealed by the Mars Express spacecraft that has been orbiting and photographing the planet for a year.

Although the high resolution images only cover an area a few tens of kilometres across, they are in what appears to be a flood plain measuring a massive 800 kilometres long by 900 kilometres wide.”

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