Mars Has Glaciers, “Thousands” of Them

According to Reuters, new research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letter indicates that while Mars may have lost up to 87% of the water it once possessed, there is still an enormous amount of water ice to be found on the Red Planet.

In addition to the known deposits found at Mars’ polar caps, much of the rest can be found in “thousands of glaciers” located in two belts at mid northern and southern latitudes. Collectively it is enough to “blanket the planet with a 3.6-foot(1.1- meter) thick layer of ice.” The complete article is here.

Given the water crisis in California, is it any wonder SpaceX is in a hurry to get to Mars?


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