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Jakosky, B. M. & Carr, M. H. Possible precipitation of ice at low latitudes of Mars during periods of high obliquity. Nature 315, 559-561

Jakosky, Bruce M.; Carr, Michael H.;
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  • Published: 13 Jul 1985
Most of the old cratered highlands of Mars are dissected by branching river valleys that appear to have been cut by running water, yet liquid water is unstable everywhere on the Martian surface. In the equatorial region, where most of the valleys are observed, even ice is unstable. It has been suggested, therefore, that Mars had an early denser atmosphere with sufficient greenhouse warming to allow the existence of liquid water. Here, it is suggested instead that during periods of very high obliquities, ice could accumulate at low latitudes as a result of sustained sublimation of ice from the poles and transport of the water vapor equatorwards. At low latitudes,...
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