Mars may have been carved up by ancient tsunamis

May 19, 2016 11:07 AM

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That's why the planet – which once may have held some kind of life – is now a barren wasteland, at least by all appearances. Given Mars's current state, it can be hard to wrap ones head around the concept of a Martian world full of surf. Well, good luck wrapping your head around this one: A new study suggests that Mars experienced at least two massive tsunamis during its wet and wild days.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, points to geologic evidence of two tsunamis – each about 3.4 billion years ago, give or take a few million, just as life was first beginning to emerge on Earth.

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