Irish Geomorphologist finds evidence for water on Mars

Our good friends and colleagues Dr Colman Gallagher at University College Dublin and Matt Balme (Open University) have used Eskers* to identify the presence of flowing water on Mars in the past.

Read media pieces about it here and here.

The scientific paper: Gallagher and Balme (2015) Eskers in a complete, wet-based glacial system in the Phlegra Montes region, Mars is available here.

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Locations of putative eskers on Mars

*Eskers, originally an Irish word meaning ridge or elevation, are ridges of sediment similar to a dried-out river bed, which form only by sustained flows of liquid water underneath a glacier.

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