Mars Avalanches!!!

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    sweet...now maybe itll uncover alien civilizations...or more rocks...
     
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    Can anyone explain how an avalanche just happens? Usually some snow or large boulders start tumbling down a hill, but something has to move it. What exactly could have happened to cause it? I call alien activity! Wonder if something was trying to crush a Rover. *Cue Transformers trailer
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    goddamn yodelling martians.
     
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    Awesome that it was caught mid event!


    Casual scanning of the article came across 5 bullet points.

    Disappearance of carbon dioxide frost, dislodging rocks.
    Expansion and contraction of ice due to seasonal temperature differences.
    Small Mars-quakes.
    A nearby meteorite impact.
    Vibrations from other avalanches causing other avalanches along the scarp

    *cue the more you know rainbow*
     
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    switchgear Nasty Slaphead

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    Amazing pictures, makes you wonder. Will this experiment actually prove anything or raise more question than provide answers?

    And I came in here expecting a huge lorry load of chocolate falling of a lorry!
     
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    It's spring in the northern region on Mars right now.

     
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    Mars gets me thinking too much. Wish they'd just crack the planet open and see what's inside
    Probably just a bunch of nougat
     
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    I hate to be a Party Pooper, but I don't really see the big deal. We already know ice expands and contracts over the seasons on Mars, it's only logical that avalanches would happen every so often. I guess everyone's just so excited that something actually MOVED on Mars besides the wind...
     
  10. Brandon

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    Pretty cool looking.
     
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    I LOL'd most heartily.
     
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    If you really hated to be a party pooper, you wouldn't poop on parties.

    Yes, it's logical that avalanches happen every so often on Mars, and there's sure enough evidence for them, but firstly, this gives areologists a chance to study the immediate aftereffects, and secondly, it's more visceral when you can see it happening (or just barely missed it). It's like how everyone went bananas over Shoemaker-Levy 9. We know that, logically, great big rocks smack into the moons and planets every so often. There's impact craters scattered all over the solar system, even here. It's a whole different order of coolness to get visual confirmation of that, as it's happening.

    (Btw: geologist: studier of Earth
    areologist: studier of Mars
    oreologist: studier of dunking-in-milk
    areolagist: I'll tell you when you're older)
     
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    That's pretty cool.
     
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    Wow, that is very cool indeed. I love space.
     
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