An Analysis of 'Dry Ice Snowboards on Mars'

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Article Term Project #2 The research which the article "Dry Ice 'Snowboards' on Mars" attempts to explore is the discovery of large masses of frozen carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice on Mars. The most pressing aspect of this discovery is that it appears to be moving in a gliding fashion down some Martian sand dunes on pillows of gas which are evocative of miniature hovercraft, creating furrows as they move. Scientists have found that the hunks of dry ice have been gliding down the slopes of the sand dunes, creating what researchers have named "linear gullies." The research team which has engaged in this work were a group of planetary scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. The technology used to engage in this research was done by capturing images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) while engaging in comparable experiments with sand dunes here on earth. The objects being studied were fundamentally hillside grooves on Mars (aka linear gullies). The results of the research mission demonstrate that the planet Mars creates linear gullies in its own incredibly unique ways. The significance of this points to the fact that Mars is an incredibly active planet, as the article explains. Put more frankly, the article demonstrates that while Mars does mimic Earth in a lot of ways the phenomenon that's being described here: blocks of dry ice gliding down sand dunes, is distinct to Mars, as the researchers explain. The scientists quoted in the article are able

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