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Huge ice lake under surface of Mars?

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From Mike Wall at Space.com:

This vertically exaggerated view shows scalloped depressions in a part of Mars where such textures prompted researchers to check for buried ice, using ground-penetrating radar aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

vertically exaggerated view of scalloped deprssions/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The ice layer, which spans a greater area than the state of New Mexico, lies in Mars’ mid-northern latitudes and is covered by just 3 feet to 33 feet (1 to 10 meters) of soil. It therefore represents a vast possible resource for future astronauts exploring the Red Planet, study team members said. More.

One suspects we’ll have to go there to really find out. There are volunteers.

See also: Researchers: Life could only exist on Mars far beneath surface

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