By NBC News
December 9, 2014

Geological observations from NASA’s Curiosity rover have helped scientists come up with a scenario for the creation of a lake that’s bigger than Salt Lake and a mountain that’s higher than Mount Rainier on ancient Mars.

The scenario suggests that water could have filled much of 96-mile-wide (154-kilometer-wide) Gale Crater 3.5 billion years ago or so, and that the 3.5-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain in the middle of the crater could have been formed by repeated cycles of sediment buildup and erosion.

The findings provide further support for the view that ancient Mars could have sustained life as we know it on Earth…

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