Mud was indeed slung on this forum years ago. It was met with great resistance as it should have been.
The battle between the, “dust fines,” and, “mud,” guys has been raging for a long time. In retrospect a lot of feeling were hurt in the passion of debate that digressed to argument and disrespect on both sides.
I wonder if Mr. McKay’s presentation got any attention on UMSF, bet not. I guess the bulk of interested minds are relegated to lurking status. Glad to see you are still reading Stu.
Phoenix may be dead but you never can tell. Some clearing and a mild spell is not out of the question in late summer. That is a forecast. They will continue to Ping and hope for a response.
This is an exciting time to study Mars. The secrets of the layered deposits in the polar regions are just starting to reveal their secrets. My observation of vapor release between the layers and Dana’s observation of Solar influence and heat distribution on surface layer interaction was priceless.
The truth is Mars is cold as hell but it warms up at high noon. There is lots of dust, ice, salt, and sometimes a little mud. What kind of life could or would develop on any scale is still left to the imagination. We must reconcile the visible data and make it fit, Mars must make sense. If we can not understand the mud on Mars we can never understand the oceans of Europa or the wet lands of Titan.