Salt Lakes on Mars

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork”.

Certain scientific topics can be predicted to arise over and over again. One such topic which recurs with great regularity is the topic of Mars – or, more particularly, whether or not there was life on Mars in the past.

A recent article discussed the possibility that salt lakes once existed on Mars. One of NASA’s Mars rovers has rumbled its way over the Gale Crater, which is 95 miles across. The Gale Crater is an impact crater – the article stated that it had been formed 3.6 billion years ago, but we do not accept such deep-time ages, and this age is not based on direct observational evidence. The crater does, however, contain salts and appears to be at a place where incoming water could have collected, and evaporated, in a similar manner to salt lakes on the Earth. We should state that this is, indeed, a possibility, and creationists should not be afraid of models suggesting more water on Mars in the past.

The article ends, however, with the usual equation that water implies life:

[The results] tell us about the types of chemical elements (in this case sulfur, a key ingredient for life) that were available in the liquid water present at the surface at the time, and about the type of environmental fluctuations Mars life would have had to cope with, if it ever existed.

God created the planets with such interesting variety. Such research should not require justification by evolutionary mythology.

Prayer: Truly, the heavens declare Your Glory, Lord God, and we worship and praise You. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

Ref: Texas A&M University. “Mars once had salt lakes similar to those on Earth.” ScienceDaily, 18 October 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191018181051.htm>. Image: NASA, Public Domain.

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