Scientists believe that they have discovered ice sheets that are 300 feet thick lying just below the surface of the Red Planet.
Scientists believe they have found evidence of a sheet of ice 300 feet thick after analyzing bizarre geological features known as “scraps” on the surface of Mars. It is a huge discovery that could explain where all the water that Scientists believe used to cover the Red Planet have gone.
Scientists examined eight scraps on Mars, and they found that thick ice appears to hide below the surface, giving them a blue-back hue. It could be a promising new frontier for Martian exploration, and could represent a key resource for any future manned missions to the Red Planet.
Learning more about water on Mars could help us figure out what impact it had on the planet billions of years ago, and if it perhaps resulted in the development of extraterrestial life all those eons ago.
“Erosion on Mars is exposing deposits of water ice, starting at depths as shallow as one to two meters below the surface and extending 100 meters or more,” reads a statement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “The ice is a critical target for science and exploration: it affects modern geomorphology, is expected to preserve a record of climate history, influences the planet’s habitability, and may be a potential resource for future exploration. Whilst water ice is known to be present in some locations on Mars, many questions remain about its layering, thickness, purity, and extent.”