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 Jan 4 - This Is What a Watery Mars May Have Looked Like
topic by DNa BRoWN - 01-04-2013, 12:06 PM





Mars, we now think, based on observations made by the Curiosity rover and other recent expeditions, was once a blue planet, covered in a vast ocean of water, says Universe Today. But what would such a watery Mars have looked like? Kevin Gill, a software engineer, wanted to find out. Using elevation measurements based on the observations of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Gill laid out what the planet’s surface would have looked like with a big global ocean. The recreation was more artistic than scientific: he picked what the land surface would have been like in different places, whether forested or desert, and picked a (consistent) sea level. Gill:
There is no scientific reasoning behind how I painted it; I tried to envision how the land would appear given certain features or the effects of likely atmospheric climate. For example, I didn’t see much green taking hold within the area of Olympus Mons and the surrounding volcanoes, both due to the volcanic activity and the proximity to the equator (thus a more tropical climate). For these desert-like areas I mostly used textures taken from the Sahara in Africa and some of Australia. Likewise, as the terrain gets higher or lower in latitude I added darker flora along with tundra and glacial ice. These northern and southern areas textures are largely taken from around northern Russia. Tropical and subtropical greens were based on the rainforests of South America and Africa.



So, while the recreations of an ancient Mars may not be perfect, says Universe Today, they are certainly a fun way to trigger the imagination, “turning the Red Planet into its own version of the Blue Marble.”

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46 comments for "Jan 4 - This Is What a Watery Mars May Have Looked Like"


 01-04-2013, 04:44 PMaway - #2
Nut-In-Honeys 9 heat pts

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Dope. Mars has 3 n#pples
 01-04-2013, 06:08 PMaway - #3
nightmare 420 heat pts420

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imagine if mars had life and #### like we do now, and the life destroyed themselves in a war and sent a seed to Earth and thats what we are.
 01-04-2013, 10:00 PMaway - #4
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Originally Posted by nightmare
imagine if mars had life and #### like we do now, and the life destroyed themselves in a war and sent a seed to Earth and thats what we are.
see mission to mars
 01-04-2013, 10:07 PMaway - #5
nightmare 420 heat pts420

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Originally Posted by j3rz
see mission to mars
was a good movie, but i never really thought much of it until i learned more about the history of mars
 01-05-2013, 12:23 PMaway - #6
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Originally Posted by nightmare
imagine if mars had life and #### like we do now, and the life destroyed themselves in a war and sent a seed to Earth and thats what we are.
If that were the case how long ago did that civilization exist........could that level of technology have exited on Mars when the dinosaurs ruled ours?....what is the true factor of intelligent life?
 01-05-2013, 12:43 PMaway - #7
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Originally Posted by Dos-effect
If that were the case how long ago did that civilization exist........could that level of technology have exited on Mars when the dinosaurs ruled ours?....what is the true factor of intelligent life?
thats what makes it interesting, because theres no telling, humans have only been dominant for about 15-30k years, and look what we have done so far, so imagine what a different civilization could have achieve way more time
 01-05-2013, 04:48 PMaway - #8
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Originally Posted by nightmare
imagine if mars had life and #### like we do now, and the life destroyed themselves in a war and sent a seed to Earth and thats what we are.
key word here is "imagine"
 01-05-2013, 05:03 PMaway - #9
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Originally Posted by nightmare
thats what makes it interesting, because theres no telling, humans have only been dominant for about 15-30k years, and look what we have done so far, so imagine what a different civilization could have achieve way more time
What if we take some heat resilient bacteria , and shoot them to other planets , and see what happens in a Billion years ..

 01-05-2013, 05:09 PMaway - #10
Kooper 74 heat pts74

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Originally Posted by nightmare
thats what makes it interesting, because theres no telling, humans have only been dominant for about 15-30k years, and look what we have done so far, so imagine what a different civilization could have achieve way more time
What have we done so far?

Man has yet to step foot on any rock outside of the moon.

and we did that in 69


I mean all the 3d imaging of the sun and looking light years into deep space is cool an all.. but ####. We need a better method of using energy to travel. I remember seeing something where the amount of rocket fuel needed to get to Mars and back would cost more than the ship to get there.
 01-05-2013, 05:32 PMaway - #11
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Originally Posted by Dos-effect
If that were the case how long ago did that civilization exist........could that level of technology have exited on Mars when the dinosaurs ruled ours?....what is the true factor of intelligent life?
ni##as believe in dinosaurs?
 01-05-2013, 06:10 PMaway - #12
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Originally Posted by j3rz
see mission to mars
Originally Posted by nightmare
was a good movie, but i never really thought much of it until i learned more about the history of mars
 01-06-2013, 03:36 PMaway - #13
GetuOne 73 heat pts73

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Originally Posted by knowughetto
ni##as believe in dinosaurs?
^ Dumb person
 01-07-2013, 11:05 AMaway - #14
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Originally Posted by GetuOne
^ Dumb person
I'm sorry that I don't believe everything these scientists, researchers, and archaeologists say like you do.
 01-07-2013, 11:23 AMaway - #15
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Originally Posted by knowughetto
I'm sorry that I don't believe everything these scientists, researchers, and archaeologists say like you do.
So you don't believe in the fossils that have been found? Or are those fake in your eyes?
 01-07-2013, 11:30 AMaway - #16
ReppinDaBurghh 53 heat pts53

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at somebody literally not "believing" in dinosaurs.

k## yourself.
 01-07-2013, 11:33 AMaway - #17
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Originally Posted by knowughetto
ni##as believe in dinosaurs?
Idiots like you actually exist?
 01-07-2013, 11:34 AMaway - #18
DNa BRoWN 20 heat pts20

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Everybody knows a race blew up mars and conquered earth.
 01-07-2013, 11:51 AMaway - #19
knowughetto 9 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Ad1288
So you don't believe in the fossils that have been found? Or are those fake in your eyes?
I don't believe in dinosaurs at all...Does this look a fossil to you?



This looks like a carving to me, and not a fossil..
 01-07-2013, 11:52 AMaway - #20
knowughetto 9 heat pts

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ni##as in here are really mad because I don't believe in dinosaurs?

I bet you guys believe that humans lived/co-existed with the dinosaurs too...
 

 



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