Sand, not water, flowed on Mars, suggests an article in Nature Science Update, 25 May 2004. Four years ago the Mars Global Surveyor (a spacecraft orbiting Mars) took photos of formations resembling recently dried up river beds. These led scientists to suggest they were formed by water venting from underground reservoirs. However, Troy Shinbot and colleagues of Rutgers University, New Jersey, have carried out experiments that indicate the formations are formed by dry sand.

On earth, moving sand does not produce elongated gullies because sand grains settle quickly, but Mars has less gravity and a thinner atmosphere, so sand grains could travel further and faster. To simulate the lightness of sand grains on Mars, Shinbot used powder made from tiny ceramic beads in his experiments. He created miniature landslides with the powder and found they produced the same distinctive shapes as the Martian landforms.

Editorial Comment: Shinbot’s argument is a good one, but it won’t be popular since it doesn’t support the evolutionists overwhelming desperation to prove water exists, or once existed, on Mars, so they can claim life was or is possible elsewhere, which in their minds disproves creation.

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