Mars Science Laboratory on Mars Update VI


The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity has found evidence of past water near its landing site. It continues to provide new support the Catastrophic theory of Martian Geology.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The above map shows three terrains of scientific interest along the path of NASA's Curiosity rover from its landing site to Glenelg.  The arrows indicate the geological features that indicate past Martian water here. Goulburn is Curiosity's landing site, thrusters cleared the top soil revealing underlying bedrock. Goulburn gave scientists a hint that water might have transported the pebbly sandstone material making up the outcrop. Link, has embedded, rounded gravel pieces which is evidence of water transport. Hottah, has lots of rounded pebbles that are too big to have resulted from wind transport.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The fist peace of evidence is from Goulburn near where Curiosity discovered  a layer of pebbles in a sandy conglomerate. All indications are that this is a sedimentary layer laid down by water. It was uncovered by Curiosity's landing thrusters.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Link outcrop consists of exposed blocks made of  rounded gravel with a size of a few centimeters in a white material matrix . Some of the gravel has been eroded from the outcrop falling on the surface. The outcrop is consistent with  sedimentary rock laid by water deposition. It is made of small rounded rocks that are cemented together. It turns out that water transport is the only way to produce such  rounded shape gravel of a few centimeters size.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

At Hottah there is broken up bedrock consisting of cemented together small fragments in a sedimentary conglomerate. The bedrock seem to have been hit at some point by on or more meteorites producing the titled angle, the pattern even resembles an impact crater. The gravel's round shape and size are most consistent with water deposition The pieces of gravel  embedded in Hottah are a few centimeters across an within a matrix sand- like grains. They had to have been deposited by flowing of water since they are too big for  wind deposition.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

Based on their uniformitarian mind set, geologists at JPL have referred to this as resulting from a flowing stream even pointing to a small in flow channel in the northern wall of the Gale Crater however it is too small to account for all of the relevant evidence.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

That evidence includes the entire geologic context of Gale Crater which shows evidence e of  a sizable source of water from with in the crater probably from under ground. the various flow channels show that the water that laid down rocks shown above came from the south and not the north.  


NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

This image showing Curiosity's landing site is consistent with the material where Curiosity landed  being deposited from the south over rock with a different texture including numerous fractures that could have been from as a result of the Gale impact itself. As a result these rock found by Curiosity is further support of catastrophic Martian geology.

 

 

 

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