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Martian Fog

This picture shows fog on Mars. More fog has been seen in images returned by Mars Global Surveyor of the south polar region of Mars.

Martian fog may have a little bit of acid mixed in with the water drops. (Rain on Earth also contains a little bit of acid). Acid in the fog may contribute toward weathering of the Martian surface rocks.

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The Mars '98 lander was suppose to land near the south pole of Mars. This picture of the south pole was taken by the Mars Global Surveyor mission. Unfortunately, contact with the Mars '98 lander was lost,...more

Weathering processes on Mars

Unlike the rocks of Earth, where there are many things which cause erosion, the rocks of Mars erode because of only two things: wind and acid fog. Acid fog is very important, but because there is not a...more

Martian Volcanoes

On this map of Mars, the lightly cratered Tharsis Ridge is shown, as well as the heavily cratered Martian highlands (near the bottom of the picture), and Valles Marineris to the right. The volcanoes are...more

The Transfer of Water in Martian History

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The Martian Cryosphere

The drawing shows the depth at which water may be frozen into the ground. To have water running on the surface of Mars, this water region must be near to the surface. This may have happened at various...more

Martian Floods

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Martian Fog

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Martian Orbital Eccentricity

The orbit of Mars is very oval shaped. The orbit is much more oval shaped than the Earth's orbit. This means that the climate of Mars can change drastically between warm and cold. ...more

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