There’s Enough Ice Water On Mars to Fill Lake Superior


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There’s a lot more ice on Mars than we previously thought—enough to fill Lake Superior—which is very good news for Elon Musk.

By Meredith Rutland Bauer | MOTHERBOARD

A huge swath of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region is covered with a sheet of ice, according to a study published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters by University of Texas at Austin. The ice measures at 260 feet by 560 feet, and is between 50 percent and 85 percent ice—the rest is dust or rocks.

NASA confirmed the existence of ice on Mars last year, and this study shows how the expanse of that ice shelf. The discovery is significant as a potential source of water for future Mars explorers, as well as for scientists’ search for life on the red planet.

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