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Mars orbiter captures photo of ice avalanche

By T.K. Randall
September 8, 2019 · Comment icon 7 comments

Avalanches still occur on Mars to this day. Image Credit: NASA / JPL / University of Arizona
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a massive ice avalanche on the surface of Mars.
Released on Tuesday by the team behind the orbiter's HiRise camera, the image shows a cloud of dust where the ice has come crashing down a 500-meter-tall cliff face at the planet's North Pole.

"Every spring the sun shines on the side of the stack of layers at the North Pole of Mars known as the north polar layered deposits," the researchers wrote.

"The warmth destabilizes the ice and blocks break loose."



Source: CNET.com | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 5 years ago
Sure, sure it was an ice avalanche. Wouldn't want to divulge that it was a Martian Mining Operation.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Lucky shot !
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twisted_Caulk 5 years ago
If this happened on Earth the headline would be themed with it being global warming rather than a routine function of nature.
Comment icon #4 Posted by zygote_myles 5 years ago
Amazing stuff. The power of mother nature extends beyond the earth. There's a photo captured by NASA, of a 20 km high dust tornado on Mars, as well. 20 km high. Pretty awesome.
Comment icon #5 Posted by brian100 5 years ago
Brown ice! what will they invent next?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
May I suggest that in future, before commenting, you read the post rather than just look at the picture. If you had done that you would have read this:  
Comment icon #7 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
True, Global Warming is the new, improved Flat Earth Movement.


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