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Planetary scientists have uncovered evidence indicating that liquid water was never abundant on Mars and, therefore, have removed one of the requirements for a naturalistic origin of life on Mars. Specifically, the scientists demonstrated that the streaks and gullies on Martian slopes that had been interpreted by others as water-bearing flows all can be easily explained by flows of dry granular materials (e.g., sand). Since dry granular materials exist in copious amounts on the Martian surface and since Martian meteorites show no evidence of internal water, then the assumption that Mars once possessed huge quantities of standing and flowing water is invalid. Plus, an abundance of stable liquid water is just one of hundreds of different fine-tuned characteristics that must be met for life to be possible. Mars lacks these characteristics, thus it offers no hope to those seeking a naturalistic explanation for life’s origin.
Allan H. Treiman and M. Y. Louge, “Martian Slope Streaks and Gullies: Origins as Dry Granular Flows,” 35th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 15-19, 2004, League City, Texas, abstract no. 1323.
RTB articles: Hugh Ross, “Follow the Water …To Life?” Connections Linking Science and Faith, volume 6, number 1, first quarter (2004), p. 4; Hugh Ross, “Life on Mars,” Connections Linking Science and Faith, volume 6, number 1, first quarter (2004), p. 5.
RTB books: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition