Volcanoes May Have Warmed Mars Enough for Water

November 18, 2014 2:29 PM

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Volcanoes May Have Warmed Mars Enough for Water

Volcanic eruptions could have kept Mars warm enough for liquid water to intermittently flow across its ancient surface, suggests a new study.

The new findings, reported in Nature Geoscience, could explain the discrepancy between climate models showing Mars was never capable of having liquid water on its surface, and clear geological signatures of lake beds and river valleys formed by flowing water.

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