Water on Mars

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

byMichael H. Carr

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Mars has always held a special interest because of the possibility that life may have existed there, and its water history is crucial to understanding its geology, climatology, and biology. Moreover, recent studies in molecular phylogeny suggest that volcanic hot springs, which may have beencommon in early Mars, are also the most likely point of origin for life on Earth. In this book, Dr. Carr explores the history of water on Mars, including evidence that liquid water was once abundant at the planet's surface; ways in which the climate might have changed to accommodate liquid water;and what an abundance of water implies for the formation of Mars and other planets, including Earth. The book's argument rests on interpretation of data acquired on Viking missions, and on information from meteorites, found on Earth, that almost certainly originated on Mars. Because liquid wateris universally regarded as essential for life, the water story has particular biological significance, with important implications for the future exploration of the planet, and should be a valuable study for geologists and planetary scientists.

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Mars has always held a special interest because of the possibility that life may have existed there, and its water history is crucial to understanding its geology, climatology, and biology. Moreover, recent studies in molecular phylogeny suggest that volcanic hot springs, which may have beencommon in early Mars, are also the most like...

Michael H. Carr is at U.S. Geological Survey, California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.41 × 7.25 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195099389

ISBN - 13:9780195099386

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Water Cycle and Stability Relations3. Outflow Channels4. Valley Networks5. Ground Ice6. Climate Change7. Planetary Accretion and Evolution8. Implications for Life9. Future Mars Exploration10. Summary and Conclusions

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"This is an extremely interesting book. It is well written and easy to understand, well referenced, and beautifully illustrated." --The Leading Edge