Lakes on Early Mars

Dr. Ted Maxwell
Dr. Ross Irwin

Ma'adim Vallis, Mars

     

The presence of standing bodies of water on the Martian surface would tell us a great deal about the past climate. Lakes, more so than river channels, require a warmer climate with a water recharge system, and they may represent formerly habitable sites. We are researching the potential for past lakes in the Martian highlands, with a goal of quantifying their characteristics.

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