Just think: not too long ago, there was a debate as to whether or not water ever existed on Mars. Now, scientists have been able to surmise through analysis of Mars’ terrain that tsunamis once rampaged across the “Red Planet.”
Not a red planet at the time, Mars’ northern hemisphere was made up entirely of a frigid ocean that was wreaked havoc upon by giant meteorites that pelted the planet approximately 3.4 billion years ago.
The impacts produced massive tsunamis that far exceeded any tsunami ever seen on planet Earth. Raving coastlines, the tsunamis caused permanent changes to Mars’ surface. It is estimated that the gargantuan waves moved at speeds of up to 65 feet per second and reached heights of 400 feet.
So if you previously considered that over-the-top disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow to be ridiculous, maybe you could reconsider. Because a measly 34 million miles from here (and a meager 3.4 billion years ago), the events of The Day After Tomorrow were regular occurrences on the planet Mars.
And who knows? If the polar ice caps keep melting and the ozone layer keeps dissipating, maybe Earth can get in on the mega-tsunami fun, too! Keep your fingers crossed…