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Canals of Mars

Mars plays a vital place in human imagination due to the faith that life exists on Mars. These beliefs are primarily owing to observations by many in the 19th century popularized by.

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Percival Lowell and Giovanni Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli called these observed features canali, meaning channels in Italian. This was usually mistranslated as 'canals', and the myth of the Martian canals began.

They were apparently artificial linear features on the surface that were asserted to be canals, and due to seasonal changes in the brightness of some areas that were thought to be caused by vegetation growth. This gave rise to many stories regarding Martians.

The linear features are now known to be typically non-existent or, in some cases, dry ancient watercourses.

The color changes have been recognized to dust storms.

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