Formation of Martian Gullies by the Action of Liquid Water Flowing Under Current Martian Environmental Conditions

  title={Formation of Martian Gullies by the Action of Liquid Water Flowing Under Current Martian Environmental Conditions},
  author={Jennifer L Heldmann and Owen Brian Toon and Wayne H. Pollard and Michael T Mellon and John Pitlick and Christopher P. McKay and Dale T. Andersen},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
[1] Geomorphic evidence suggests that recent gullies on Mars were formed by fluvial activity. The Martian gully features are significant because their existence implies the presence of liquid water near the surface on Mars in geologically recent times. Irrespective of the ultimate source of the fluid carving the gullies, we seek to understand the behavior of this fluid after it reaches the Martian surface. We find that contrary to popular belief, the fluvially carved Martian gullies are… 

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