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Geologists See Mars in the Canadian Arctic

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Science  09 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5387, pp. 210-211
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5387.210

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By studying the ice-sculpted terrain of the Haughton meteorite crater in the hostile Canadian Arctic, planetary scientists think they may be able to deduce whether similar martian features arose during icy conditions, rather than during a warm and wet period postulated for early Mars. Although NASA has not yet promised more funds to study it, the crater already has captured the imagination of enthusiasts at the private Mars Society, who plan to build a prototype Mars base there.