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Evidence of a massive lake discovered on Mars

By T.K. Randall
October 11, 2017 · Comment icon 26 comments



Mars was once much wetter than it is today. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified the site of an ancient lake on the Red Planet's surface.
Mars might be a cold, barren wasteland today, but millions of years ago its surface would have been awash with rivers and lakes of liquid water that could have potentially supported primitive life.

Now scientists have discovered even more concrete evidence of the planet's watery past in the form of a colossal lake that would have held ten times as much water as all the Great Lakes combined.
The site was identified thanks to the detection of large mineral deposits hidden beneath the surface.

"Even if we never find evidence that there's been life on Mars, this site can tell us about the type of environment where life may have begun on Earth," said NASA's Paul Niles.

"Volcanic activity combined with standing water provided conditions that were likely similar to conditions that existed on Earth at about the same time - when early life was evolving here."

Source: Fox News | Comments (26)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
What you feel is irrelevant to science. What you can provide evidence for is all that matters. Belief is for religion, fact is for science.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Derek Willis 5 years ago
I remember how some time back a shoreline had been identified somewhere on Mars. So was this related to a "sea" or a "massive lake"? I have just looked this up and found that it dates back almost twenty years! http://www.spacedaily.com/news/mars-water-99d.html
Comment icon #19 Posted by Adampadum123 5 years ago
there's permafrost under mars in abduance scientist believe.and also subsuface ice.so cool ha get it cool lol worst pun ever! 
Comment icon #20 Posted by Astra. 5 years ago
Slow drip ?...and full disclosure of what ? 
Comment icon #21 Posted by TaintlessMetals 5 years ago
Sorry but the last time I touched that subject matter openly here it got extremely confrontational, the thread was even shut down. Nope I'll just stick to my vague comments
Comment icon #22 Posted by Astra. 5 years ago
Once bitten huh ? .. Ok, please yourself. But that's no fun ... ...
Comment icon #23 Posted by Smarty Throusers 5 years ago
I wonder if ancient humans migrated to earth from Mars millions of years ago after climate change and natural disasters caused by the sun?People ask where’s the evidence but think about it the dust from bones are gone in a thousand years unless preserved somehow ,who knows what happened but I believe there’s more than mainstream science is telling us...Are we aliens?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Smarty Throusers 5 years ago
Full disclosure of extraterrestrial life...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Astra. 5 years ago
It's fun to speculate sometimes isn't it ?....   I figured that's what he meant..but he wasn't comfortable admitting it, after I tried to encourage a response.  
Comment icon #26 Posted by Smarty Throusers 5 years ago
Yes.I was turned on to coast to coast am 10 years ago and been on it ever since...


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