I've read the Mars trilogy a couple of times, and it each time it's seemed like the details of the planet were really precise, but not necessarily accurate.

I understand Robinson does a truckload of research beforehand, but the book specifies information that isn't known even now. With this in mind, is there anything in the books that has since been proven to be false or spectacularly unlikely about Mars?

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    This might get more detailed answers if you summarize the book's predictions. Mar 3, 2011 at 23:10
  • @neilfein: It's a fair point, I may need to go for a third read first. :)
    – Stu Pegg
    Mar 4, 2011 at 12:17
  • For the record, I have a deleted answer, because I understood this to be completely the opposite of the question (thanks to @Adamant for pointing this out). My bad - I will re-answer.
    – Mikey
    Nov 27, 2016 at 7:40

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As far as I can tell, it's still up in the air. We've mapped a good portion of the surface at pretty high resolution - but physically covered and investigated only a fraction of a percentage. Nowhere near enough to base conclusions on.

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