Multiple sites rich in water ice found on Mars

Multiple sites rich in water ice found on Mars

"The ice is concentrated in layered deposits at the poles, and also found in the shallow sub-surface at middle latitudes, as in our study".

Scientists examining the images send back by MRO have found eight different locations on Mars that reveal huge deposits of nearly pure water ice, which lie just 2 metres (6.5 feet) below the surface. Whilst water ice is known to be present in some locations on Mars, many questions remain about its layering, thickness, purity, and extent. I think it's sort of a game-changer.

In 2016, a NASA study said ice may yield more water per scoop than minerals, which means the H20 could be more hard to access.

The scientists also learned that the ice, which was exposed due to erosion on hillside cliffs, contains little rock and dust particles, meaning it's "relatively pure water ice" that could be used be "readily accessible to future exploration missions", the Geological Survey agency said.

The scientists located and studied the scarp sites with the high resolution imaging science experiment (HiRISE) camera. However, their recent discovery, which suggests the ice is only a few feet below the surface, could make the water much easier to funnel.

These underground cliffs, or scarps, appear "to be almost pure ice", said the report. The sites are in both northern and southern hemispheres of Mars, at latitudes from about 55 to 58 degrees, equivalent on Earth to Scotland or the tip of South America.

More news: Ford Denies Truck Owners' Claims of Diesel Cheating
More news: Kerber back in top 20 after reaching Sydney final
More news: Top Institutional Investors That Own Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (WHLR)

"We've found a new window into the ice for study, which we hope will be of interest to those interested in all aspects of ice on Mars and its history, " The Washington Post reported quoting Colin Dundas, a member of the US Geological Survey's Astrogeology Science Center in Arizona and an author of a report published Thursday in the journal Science.

Shayne Byrne of the University of Arizona Luna and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson said the discovery was like looking at an ant farm from a glass on the side and seeing what's hidden beneath the ground.

Scientists said once the buried ice is exposed to Mars' atmosphere, a scarp likely grows wider and taller as it retreats.

A lander or rover sent to drill down into one of these locations could provide us with a detailed chronology of Mars' past climate, and according to Byrne, "Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need".

The ice was likely deposited as snow long ago.

NASA plans to send the first human explorers to Mars by the 2030s.

Related Articles

  • Kerber claims Sydney title

    Kerber claims Sydney title

    Barty was seeking her second singles title after 2017 Kuala Lumpur, she still earned two places in the Rankings, up to No. In the men's final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
    Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

    Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

    The IOC and IIHF are reportedly working to explain the situation to member countries and ask for their understanding. Cross-country skiers and speed skaters are understood to be among those who could benefit.
    Steven Spielberg Responds to Natalie Portman's Best Directors Dig at Golden Globes

    Steven Spielberg Responds to Natalie Portman's Best Directors Dig at Golden Globes

    However, while the Black Swan actress received praise for her statement, some viewers disapproved with her timing. Not a single woman was nominated in the historically male-dominated category, and Portman took notice.
  • Bitcoin Price Rises To $14300. Five Things To Know About The Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin Price Rises To $14300. Five Things To Know About The Cryptocurrency

    For those new to cryptocurrency, here is a handy guide outlining the main differences between bitcoin and Ethereum . Several institutional investors are also taking short positions on bitcoin , signifying their bearish outlook.
    Navy's Ken Niumatalolo emerges as top candidate at Arizona, report says

    Navy's Ken Niumatalolo emerges as top candidate at Arizona, report says

    If the second part of Feldman's report is true, there will be a new football coach in Tucson by the end of the weekend. Fisch spent last season as UCLA's offensive coordinator, and coached the Bruins in this year's Cactus Bowl.
    PSEB announces exam dates for classes 10 and 12

    PSEB announces exam dates for classes 10 and 12

    The English language paper is due to be held on March 05 and after a day's gap students will have to appear for Physics exam. The experts have also said that the class 10 and 12 students have over 50 days to prepare for their board exams.
  • Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG) Earnings Forecast In Focus

    Russell Lucas decreased its stake in Cabot Oil & Gas ( COG ) by 75.39% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Currently, the stock carries a price to earnings ratio of 0, a price to book ratio of 0, and a price to sales ratio of 2.78.
    CES 2018: Google challenges Amazon with smart home offering

    CES 2018: Google challenges Amazon with smart home offering

    A smart display has a tablet-sized screen that lets you see lists, pictures, and even video solutions to your queries. The company announced that Assistant will be coming to Android Auto in the U.S. starting this week.

    Zweig DiMenna Associates LLC Takes Position in NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI)

    NXP Semiconductors accounts for 3.9% of Lathrop Investment Management Corp's holdings, making the stock its 12th largest position. Focused Wealth Management has invested 0% of its portfolio in RPM International Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) for 9,398 shares.
  • Margot Robbie Thought Tonya Harding Was a Fictional Character

    Margot Robbie Thought Tonya Harding Was a Fictional Character

    During the two-hour special, Harding said she had done enough apologizing for what happened decades ago. Harding didn't deny the incident helped create more of a buzz around US women's figure skating.
    Winter Olympics 2018: PyeongChang medal predictions

    Winter Olympics 2018: PyeongChang medal predictions

    Short-track speed-skating has been given a target of one to two medals, based on the talents of Elise Christie. In other words, nothing is guaranteed. "Then we will need a bit of luck", Sun said.
    DeMarco Murray ruled out vs. Patriots

    DeMarco Murray ruled out vs. Patriots

    So what does Mariota have in store for everyone on Saturday night? Tailgaters' beer froze solid. "I feel comfortable, '" he said. Let's not forget that before he went down with his shoulder injury, the former Lacrosse player was on pace for a career season.