Of course, by now, you've seen the stories about Mar's past oceanic environment. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070613/mars_study_070613/20070613?hub=TopStories [Broken] What I have noticed is that the word Mar as in the Spanish or Latin "Del Mar" (of the sea), means ocean. In other cases, Mars is associated with the god war and "Mar" has made its way into the word "Martial". But the name for the red planet is strikingly similar to the latin word for Ocean. And yesterday, as can be read in the above article, it was further confirmed that Mars had oceans at one point in her history. I realise that astrophysicists maintain the oceans must have been present "billions" of years ago. But, if the name of Mars actually describes her oceans, who named it? Who observed the oceans of Mars in our history or pre-history? If this sort of question belongs in History or Humanities or the trash, please feel free re-direct at your leasure.