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More Ancient Underground Lakes Of Liquid Water Discovered On Mars, Raising Possibility Of Life

Two years ago, astronomers reported findings of a large lake beneath a thick layer of ice at Mars’ south pole. Now, scientists have confirmed that finding and detected three new underground lakes in the same area — and they believe there could be many more. A new study, published this week in the journal Nature Astronomy, further confirms the 2018 discovery, extending that finding to three new ponds in the surrounding region. “The possibility of extended hypersaline water bodies on Mars is particularly exciting because of the potential for the existence of microbial life,” the team said. “Future missions to Mars should target this region to acquire experimental data in relation to the basal hydrologic system, its chemistry, and traces of astrobiological activity… (READ MORE)

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