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Making a Splash With a Hint of Mars Water

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Science  30 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5475, pp. 2295-2297
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5475.2295

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A wave of chatter about water and therefore possible life on Mars swept a paper at Science into headline news a week before its scheduled publication. The paper, on page 2330 of this issue, features high-resolution pictures of muddy-looking gullies on the sides of martian craters, suggesting the prospect of liquid water on, or at least near, the surface of the planet. But a number of skeptical planetary scientists are already coming up with alternative explanations for the rivulet-ridden piles of debris that exclude stores of liquid water and therefore readily accessible life.

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