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Devon Burr's Research

Young Flood Channels on Mars

Athabasca VallesAlthough the canals that were once claimed to criss-cross the surface of Mars turned out to be optical illusions, the ironic fact is that the Red Planet is riven by natural "channels" – the now-dry courses of running water. While clearly indicative of a watery past, these channels pose many questions about Mars' evolution and its potential for life. How much water would it have taken to make these outflow channels? Just what mechanism provoked these floods from within Mars' crust? Were Martian subsurface aquifers ever habitable, in the way aquifers are on Earth?  Studies on Mars' youngest outflow channels, such as the publications listed below, help us answer these questions.

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