Saturday, February 27, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Pockets of salty water on Mars may be common

Posted on Tuesday, 12 May, 2020 | Comment icon 0 comments

Could there be life on Mars ? Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
A new study has indicated that salty water may be more common on the Martian surface than previously believed.
Mars may have once been home to rivers and oceans billions of years ago, but these days its surface appears to be completely inhospitable - a dry, freezing landscape with no sign of life anywhere.

That's not to say that there isn't any water at all however - in recent years scientists have determined that small pools of briny liquid may be able to survive on its surface for a limited period of time.

Now a new study, which involved modelling the Martian atmosphere, has discovered that such pools could be a lot more common than previously realized with up to 40% of the planet's surface being potentially able to support stable, salty water.

There is a downside however, as it turns out that such pools would need to be so cold in order to survive on the surface that they would never be able to support life.
"Even extreme life on Earth has its limits, and we found that brine formation from some salts can lead to liquid water over 40% of the Martian surface but only seasonally, during 2% of the Martian year," said study co-author Alejandro Soto from the Southwest Research Institute.

"This would preclude life as we know it."

This of course doesn't mean that life couldn't potentially exist elsewhere on Mars (such as in underground caves), nor that it couldn't have once existed there in the distant past.

Such pools will also be of great interest to scientists during future exploratory missions.

Source: Independent | Comments (0)

Tags: Mars

Recent comments on this story

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Gulf Stream is weakest it's been in 1,000 years
Scientists believe that a slowdown in ocean currents could bring about colder and more extreme weather.
Ghostly figure caught on film in old building
A pair of urban explorers managed to capture an anomalous figure in an old abandoned care home.
Man kidnaps himself to get out of going to work
A 19-year-old man from Arizona recently came up with a completely ridiculous plan to get the day off work.
Airline pilot encounters cylindrical UFO
The pilot of an American Airlines flight reported an unidentified object over New Mexico on Sunday.
Stories & Experiences
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ