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LPSC 2016 Paper: 400 meter deep lake on ancient Mars?

8 Mar 2016, 21:29 UTC
LPSC 2016 Paper: 400 meter deep lake on ancient Mars?
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Mars is famous for it's water: There's very little, and what there is is loaded with incredibly poisonous perchlorate chemicals. And even finding that was a big deal on a frozen-desert planet.Above These dark markings are (as far as we can tell) caused by water. Very, very bad water. Don't drink it Matt Damon!But there is a lot of ice. A helluva lot, and the way it's arranged (plus all the fossilised river valleys) suggests water was a lot cleaner and more abundant billions of years ago. But exactly how much has been debated for a very long time: Were there a few substantial oasis in the Martian desert, or are we talking major oceans here?Above: An artists impressio of an ancient Martian ocean. Courtesy of Nick Stevens.Which is where a new paper from this years Lunar and Planetary Science Conference comes in (link to the PDF here): It deals with data collected on 'McLaughlin crater' by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Data which suggests the crater held a groundwater fed lake with a volume of 12,000 cubic kilometres, and a depth of over 400 meters - which is deeper than Earth's Dead sea, and a hundred times the volume.Mclaughlin crater ...

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