Rivers of Mars

Rivers on Mars (Click to Enlarge)

This is an interesting image on the left taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which pretty much shows evidence that a long time ago there had been flowing water on Mars. You can see where the running water has etched it’s mark into the landscape which means that the water would have existed for some time. The mountain in the middle of the picture had at one time being a glacier which melted resulting in the river forming and flowing down the mountain.

Sydney Star Gazers was interested in a feature in the landscape a bit further down the picture. We have circled it to show what we are looking at.
We zoomed closer into this image and did a little image processing to try and get some more details in this area.
The picture we came up with below seems to show what is the remanents of a lake which was about one or 2 kilometres wide which was fed by the melting water from the glacier. If you look at the bottom left of the lake , it would appear this large lake was actually very deep as shown by the high walls of the lake bed.
Perhaps here was a source of  life as one would expect to see with the presence of so much water.

Was This a Lake on Mars - Image Processed by Sydney Star Gazers (Click to Enlarge)

~ by sydneystargazers on June 30, 2010.

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