Astronomy

Scientists See Evidence of an Ancient Tsunami on Mars

There is a theory that Mars and Earth had a near-miss pass by in 701 B.C. Before that, Earth had a 360 day year and Mars had a 720 day year, but during the energy transfer Mars gained some energy and Earth lost a little energy. How do we even theorize that? 

There are quite a few factors. First, all the ancient calendars before 701 B.C. used 360 day years. The Mayans, Egyptians, Aztecs, Sumerians, Israeli, Babylonian, Greek, China. But something happened around that time and then they all had to adjust their calendars. 360 Day Calendars

Next, we know that Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels in 1726 and detailed the sizes and orbits of the both the moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos, with 75% accuracy. The problem is that they are both very small and have a very low abledo rating, meaning that they don’t reflect very much light. Consequently, they were the last moons to be discovered in our solar system by Asaph Hall in 1877, 150 years after Swift wrote his books. 

Thirdly, whatever happened to Mars was catastrophic. Below is a MOLA map of Mars which shows that 93% of the craters on Mars are in one hemisphere. Rather odd. 

The Long Day of Joshua in Joshua 10 describes the day being extended 24 hours. You wouldn’t need to stop the Earth’s rotation for this to happen. The energy transfer would just need to adjust the Earth’s procession. 

Which leads to today’s story. A Tsunami on Mars unlike anything anyone has ever seen would definitely fit into the Mars-Earth near miss theory. 

A new study suggests that ancient Mars not only had an ocean, it experienced a tsunami unlike anything we’ve seen on Earth, reports Cosmos. The study in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets identifies a 75-mile-wide crater in the north as the likely source, reports the BBC.

The scientists theorize that an asteroid smashed into the planet 3 billion years ago, creating the Lomonosov crater and triggering the tsunami. Researchers point to “thumbprint terrain”—so named because it resembles ridges on a human thumb—on the planet’s parched surface whose geological formations suggest massive water movement, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

“It was a really large-scale, high speed tsunami,” says French researcher Francois Gostard. The initial wave from the impact would have been nearly 1,000 feet high, with waves about 300 feet high crashing ashore hours later.

Previous research has suggested that mud flows or glacier movements are responsible for the thumbprint, but “it’s very hard to conceive of any other process other than a tsunami” that could have etched out these precise formations, says Gostard.

The existence of an ancient Martian ocean is actually still debated, which is what American co-author Stephen Clifford finds most intriguing about the tsunami evidence. It means “there must have been an ocean present in the northern plains,” he says.

“That’s the key point here—it indicates that there was a substantial amount of water in residence on the Martian surface.” (Maybe even a mile deep?)

Source: Fox News

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