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According to a new study published in the journal Nature, the Sun may not have evaporated away all of the Martian surface water after all; instead, Mars’ water was absorbed by the planet’s crust over time, leaving its surface essentially dry.
This artist’s concept depicts the dry environment seen at Mars today versus the early Martian environment. Image credit: Simon Fraser University.
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“The public’s infatuation with finding life on Mars stems from the many characteristics both Earth and Mars share,” said study co-author Dr. Brendan Dyck, from the Simon Fraser University in Canada and the University of Cambridge in the UK.
“Early on, both planets had similar potential to sustain life, but as time evolved, Mars lost its surface water along with its potential to sustain complex multicellular life.”
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In the study, Dr. Dyck and colleagues calculated the volume of water that could be held in the minerals that make up the Martian...
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