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Does Mars have 'oceans' of water inside it ?

By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2012 · Comment icon 17 comments

Image Credit: NASA
Scientists believe that the mantle of Mars contains enough water to cover the planet's entire surface.
Meteorites from Mars have been found to contain enough hydrated minerals to suggest that the planet contains as much as 300 parts per million of water, an amount that is even in excess of that found on the Earth. "Basically the amount of water we're talking about is equal to or more than the amount in the upper mantle of the Earth," said study leader and planetary scientist Francis McCubbin.

The research indicates that some of Mars' volcanoes likely brought large amounts of water to the surface at a time when the temperature was sufficient to support it and increasing the chance that Mars may have once been a place hospitable to life.
Mars could have entire oceans' worth of water locked in rocks deep underground, scientists say. The finding suggests that ancient volcanic eruptions may have been major sources of water on early Mars—and could have created habitable environments.


Source: National Geographic | Comments (17)




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Comment icon #8 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
There is easier water than this to be had on Mars, it has substantial polar ice caps. Lol, cheers Waspie. Typical, I only added the "providing we could tap into this resource" as a safety net to stop you jumping on my comment.
Comment icon #9 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 12 years ago
While I agree with you I dont think we are ready for something like that yet. heck they just retired the shuttles and cut Nasa budget again which isn't that large to begin with when you consider it against other things like defense. I think as a society we are not looking to space anymore. It's a different time than 20 years ago. Too many people care about what celebrity reality show comes on this week or who is going to be voted off american idol than what we can find out in space. Sad to say but we arent the innovater's we used to be. The chinese are in space now and they wont take a step ba... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Darkwind 12 years ago
I don't care who goes as long as somebody goes. To do it, it is going to take an international effort, anyway.
Comment icon #11 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 12 years ago
I don't care who goes as long as somebody goes. To do it, it is going to take an international effort, anyway. I would say your probably right a joint effort would be more benefical to all
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns 12 years ago
4 representatives from each continent to explore mars sounds like it. it would hopefully take their minds off future wars or world domination
Comment icon #13 Posted by kwin 12 years ago
"....that Mars may have once been a place hospitable to life." as opposed to what, it can't have life now??? Cut the budget till NASA becomes totally independent from the military & it's veil of secrecy. http://www.marsanomalyresearch.com/evidence-reports/2001/019/colossal-trees.htm
Comment icon #14 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Now we have to find a tow truck big enough to bring to a more hospitable distance from the sun
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin 12 years ago
I don't care who goes as long as somebody goes. To do it, it is going to take an international effort, anyway. There are now serious plans to actually do what you suggested: From another thread: Human settlement of Mars in 2023 Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
Too many people care about what celebrity reality show comes on this week or who is going to be voted off american idol than what we can find out in space. Sad to say but we arent the innovater's we used to be. Human settlement of Mars in 2023 Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars ... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
If you are interested there is a thread on the Mars One project, Big Brother in space (Cosmic Brother?) http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=228210&st=0


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