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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Mars glaciers melting at prodigious rate

From a Reuters story here.
Malin said images of Mars' southern polar cap showed that scarps formed there are retreating at "a prodigious rate" of about 10 feet per Mars year. Mars years are nearly twice as long as Earth years.

The images, documenting changes from 1999 to 2005, suggest the climate on Mars is presently warmer, and perhaps getting warmer still, than it was several decades or centuries ago just as the Earth experienced its own Ice Ages. Malin said scientists had no explanation yet as to why Mars might be warming.
How could it be that Mars is warming, no humans generating greenhouse gasses on Mars? Could Mars be recovering from it's own mini-ice age? Could it be the sun is warming the Earth and Mars? Hummmm.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Maybe. Only our natural cycles, as my graphs have shown you, don't account for the discrepancies and rate of the 20th century. There's no reason natural cycles and human activity can't interact in interesting ways.

Wed Sep 21, 11:18:00 AM PDT  
Blogger SkiTheStars said...

So, the sun itself is getting hotter ? Not much we can do about that.

Wed Sep 21, 01:56:00 PM PDT  

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