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Scientist: Mars Was Colored By Meteorites

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Sept. 3, 2003 — Laboratory evidence is challenging theories that Mars' ruddy surface came from a past when the planet was awash with water, New Scientist said.

Defenders of this hypothesis say Mars' reddish dust came from iron in rocks that over billions of years dissolved into the planet's oceans, lakes and rivers.

The iron oxidized and was then deposited all over the Martian surface thanks to the planet's weather system. It was then left high and dry after the waters mysteriously disappeared, either receding below ground or boiling into space.

But U.S. scientist Albert Yen of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has assailed this idea, noting a strange discrepancy between Mars' dusty topsoil and its rocks.

The topsoil has more magnesium and iron than the rocks, according to data sent back by the 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission.

Yen believes that the dust can only have come from tiny metal-rich debris that constantly falls onto Mars from space.

According to his calculations, the dust-fall is big enough to coat Mars to a depth of two inches every billion years.

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I guess you could say that Yen's theory could blow the others

'out of the water'. grin2.gif

Great article starlyte. thumbsup.gif

Christmas Day could bring a really nice suprise (as far as the topic

of Mars is concerned).

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Thanks starlyte, that's a fascinating article.

It will be interesting to see the information brought back from those three Mars missions original.gif

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Thanks starlyte, that's a fascinating article.

It will be interesting to see the information brought back from those three Mars missions original.gif

Yes...this will be exciting...waiting for that too original.gif

Btw, good work Starlyte

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