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Was Mars too salty for life ?

Posted on Thursday, 5 June, 2008 | Comment icon 3 comments


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"If life ever got going on Mars, it may have been exterminated 4 billion years ago by a buildup of salt."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by brothers on 6 June, 2008, 2:33
Aren't there any filters to filter out the salt so that the water can be drunk??? Desalinization its called. In some parts of this world they are already using it. Its an expensive process but nevertheless it works.
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 6 June, 2008, 13:51
Aren't there any filters to filter out the salt so that the water can be drunk??? Desalinization its called. In some parts of this world they are already using it. Its an expensive process but nevertheless it works. Yes, I think you're right. I would imagine, if ever we have the technology to terraform an enitre planet (Haha, so far, that idea is but a science-fiction fantasy wish), a process would be needed to have healthy soil for growing plants/trees (and keep a flow of oxygen for an breatheable atmostphere). I'm just dreaming really. I don't even know if it's possible to achieve something ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Paracelse on 27 June, 2008, 22:38
Yes, I think you're right. I would imagine, if ever we have the technology to terraform an enitre planet (Haha, so far, that idea is but a science-fiction fantasy wish), a process would be needed to have healthy soil for growing plants/trees (and keep a flow of oxygen for an breatheable atmostphere). I'm just dreaming really. I don't even know if it's possible to achieve something like this in the future. What will you do with the salt you have removed? Trow it into space "cose" this planet here is already trashed, Mars is too salty as it is? hummmm just thinking out through my fingertips.


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