Water on Mars Disappeared by Sand Towers


The Red Planet has long been a mystery to humanity. Although tools are sent to the surface through science and technology, it is still not possible to say that everything is known about it. However, there may be a possible explanation for how the water on the planet disappeared.

According to a new study, the height of the sand towers on Mars, during large-scale sand storms 70 kmUp to. This phenomenon may explain how the ancient water of the Red Planet was lost.

Although the storms in our world are mostly local, this situation is very different on Mars. Tremendously large sand stormscan influence the planet on a global scale. Also known as sand events (PEDE) surrounding the planet, these storms can affect the weather of the planet for months. The storm that took place in 2018 enveloped the entire planet and ended NASA's Opportunity mission.

Sand storms

mars sandstorm

Two new studies by Nicholas Heavens of the University of Hampton and the Space Science Institute looked at the strange meteorological phenomena that occurred during these storms that covered the planet. Researchers, huge atmosphere can reach up to sand towers He examined.

Heavens and colleagues, the PEDEs that occurred in 2007 and last year, NASA’s Mars Exploration Vehicle (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) data collected, explored to learn more about sand towers. Researchers also reviewed photos taken by Mars Context Imager.

Research has shown that sand towers are denser and can reach much higher than sand clouds found in the Mars atmosphere. According to the research colossal columnsIt can also occur when conditions on Mars are normal, but mostly during PEDEs.

Sand Towers

Mars Sandstorm

These towers start where the sands can go up quickly. Sunlight warms these clouds of dust, causing the columns to rise to the Mars sky. According to the NASA press release, "Surface 56 km it can form a layer of sand on it that can spread over a larger area than the US. ”

Trapped in the sand, the water can evaporate and some even leak into space. These sand towers H2ndOther materials, including its evaporation, and transportation system as it may be working. During the storm in 2007, scientists observed water molecules carried to the upper atmosphere of Mars.


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This information can explain how the water on Mars disappeared. However, the researchers want to learn more about these sand towers, how they are formed and their possible role in the loss of water in the atmosphere of Mars.

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