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The Martian meteorite collision could have resulted in a 1000-foot tsunami

This artist’s impression shows what Mars may have looked 4 billion years ago, when nearly half of the planet’s northern hemisphere would have been covered by the ocean, from up to a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep in some places.
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Three-and-a-half billion years ago, a blood red wall of water as tall as a skyscraper it may have risen to the surface of Mars, the flooding of an area that is larger than that of the United States of america.

Two independent groups of astronomers, the controversial theory, in 2016. The idea was based on a “fingerprint” of a massive wave of action is left behind on the Martian landscape, to the vast fields carved out of the rock by streams of water, may be left behind as the waves retreated back to the countryside.

Now, astronomers have another piece of evidence for such a tsunami. A huge asteroid hit Mars, just in front of the waves, most likely red in colour due to the abundant substance on the surface of Mars, and the planet is overrun. Play have been ground zero for the “mega-tsunami.” [7 Most Mars-like Places on Earth]

François Costard, an astronomer at the French National Center for Scientific Research, and is one of the first scientists to suggest that the tsunami wave theory, the wave-path is the path of the destruction of the Martian landscape. His aim: to have a point of origin.

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Scientists have suspected that an asteroid collision caused the potential for enormous tsunami. So, Costard, and his colleagues narrowed the search to 10, craters, whose size and location made it possible to origin sites. All of the models will be one of those craters are: Lomonosov, a 90-mile-wide (150 mile) scar in the Martian landscape.

There are a number of reasons that the Lomonosov crater, is meaningful as ground zero, and Alexis Rodriguez, a scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and co-author of the study, told Science. The hole is about 3 billion years old, the same age as the geographic “fingerprint” left behind by a possible tsunami). The edges of the crater have been eroded, as the water ran back down into the hole, and after a major impact. The models suggest that the impact was strong enough to cause a mega-tsunami capable of engulfing the planet.

But there is one problem with that theory. It is not yet clear whether it is a natural disaster that caused a tsunami in the first place, he said to Rodriguez. It is also possible that the scientists are barking up the wrong tree.

“My personal view is that this assumption is not true,” said Rodriguez.

Astronomers agree that ancient Mars was a much warmer, wetter place. However, at the time of the so-called tsunami, March was a blue Earth-like orb. The first time was gone, and the red planet was quickly turning into an icy red-balls. While there are still a lot of water on Mars, at that time, it was the subway. The water in which it is claimed that pummelled the planet in waves, it would be as a result of a catastrophic flood as one of the underground aquifers had been broken. The sea was somewhere between 10,000 and hundreds of thousands of years to freeze, and said the Team, which means that the risk for a massive asteroid to hit, and led to a tsunami that was a short “ascending” so to speak. The problem is that a huge asteroid just hit Mars a once in a blue moon, every couple of million a year, said Rodriguez.

The probability of these two events at the same time as the asteroid strike and the aquifer breach is incredibly low, said Rodriguez.

“It would be like if I bought a lottery ticket, a lottery ticket in Canada, and I won both of them,” he said.

The team, which was one of the first scientists to propose the theory of a past Martian tsunamis, is of the opinion that there is good evidence to suggest that the tsunami occurred, but believes that more research is needed to confirm the cause of this. For example, evidence has emerged that shows the slides were in the shape of the Martian landscape at the time of the tsunami, and the source of the wave. Other, it may be caused by an earthquake or a deep-sea volcanic eruption.

Rodriguez and his colleagues have not yet been produced, it is the perfect answer yet, but they are working on it.

“This is a work in progress,” he said. For now, the Lomonosov fit the bill.

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Originally published on Live Science.

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