Liquid water on Mars – the main clue of life – has long been a debated topic. Now the matter is ‘water clear.’ Find out why.
The result is really intriguing because scientists have looked for traces for a long time. But after extended tests, they have come up with no conclusion.
The red planet was discovered to contain present-day liquid water beneath the surface of the south pole. From May 2012 to December 2015 researchers took data with the help of MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding) on a 200-kilometer-wide area close to the south pole of Mars. It delivered radio waves through the soil and then recorded the changes at their return. They noticed then something odd that stretches on a spot of 20-kilometer-wide. They wondered if ice or other material could ‘imply something with anomalous properties.’ Actually, nothing else could generate it but the proximity of an underwater lake.
Why doesn’t the water freeze?
Despite low temperatures, the icy planet provides something that reduces the point of freezing – dissolved salts. ‘The presence of salts on Mars keeps the water liquid even at below-freezing temperatures.’
According to lenders, orbiters, and rovers past observations, other shreds of liquid water evidence emerged from types of minerals that can’t develop in the absence of it.
The water at the surface was unlikely to exist due to the significant changes in the Martian climate and its thin atmosphere. Also, the newfound fact can affirm something about the chances of life on this cold, hostile planet.
Anywhere we find liquid water on Earth, we tend to find life […] Even in ice cores from Greenland, there are bacteria and algae living in pockets or hanging out in a dormant state. If there’s briny liquid water, it might be a little abode for some kind of life to survive.
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