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Extensive Water in Mars' Interior

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Until now, Earth was the only planet known to have vast reservoirs of water in its interior. Scientists analyzed the water content of two Martian meteorites originating from inside the Red Planet. They found that the amount of water in places

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Barbara W (342)
Thursday June 21, 2012, 9:04 pm
of the Martian mantle is vastly larger than previous estimates "and is similar to that of Earth's. The results not only affect what we know about the geologic history of Mars, but also have implications for how water got to the Martian surface. The data raise the possibility that Mars could have sustained life.

The research was led by former Carnegie postdoctoral scientist Francis McCubbin, now at the University of New Mexico. The analysis was performed by Carnegie Institution investigator Erik Hauri and team and is published in the journal Geology.

The scientists analyzed what are called shergottite meteorites. These are fairly young meteorites that originated by partial melting of the Martian mantle - the layer under the crust - and crystallized in the shallow subsurface and on the surface. They came to Earth when ejected from Mars approximately 2.5 million years ago. Meteorite geochemistry tells scientists a lot about the geological processes the planet underwent.

"We analyzed two meteorites that had very different processing histories," explained Hauri. "One had undergone considerable mixing with other elements during its formation, while the other had not. We analyzed the water content of the mineral apatite and found there was little difference between the two even though the chemistry of trace elements was markedly different. The results suggest that water was incorporated during the formation of Mars and that the planet was able to store water in its interior during the planet's differentiation." More at link...

Jay S (116)
Friday June 22, 2012, 5:45 am
Very interesting! Thanks

Bob hardly here P (394)
Friday June 22, 2012, 11:03 am
interesting thanks

Bette M (91)
Friday June 22, 2012, 10:11 pm
In about a thousand years it may do somebody some good.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

Sally A (66)
Friday June 22, 2012, 10:52 pm
It is always interesting to see what kind of things that will be found on these planets.

Cristins Calloni (0)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 1:26 pm
Very interesting..thank for share!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 3:43 pm
Awesome! Thanks.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 5:33 pm

Edgar Zuim (47)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 6:28 pm
Interesting. Thanks.

Reggie Thomas (5)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 7:56 pm

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 9:56 pm

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 3:12 am
Noted, thanks.

Patricia Ces (8)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 12:34 pm
Thanks for sharing! Very interesting news!!!

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 12:43 pm
Very interesting. I have to say I hope mankind never makes it to another planet until they learn to treasure not rape a planet. I figure humans will die out before they ever learn that lesson.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 3:28 pm
Thanks for posting, Barbara...this is fascinating! Wondering if life went extinct on Mars, or maybe survives underground in some form...really makes me want to learn more.

Gary L (138)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 5:09 pm
thanks good stuff

Mitchell D (104)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:48 pm
Fascinating! i hope they got it right.

Ela V (85)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:40 am

Lucie G (39)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 8:13 am
interesting to know that there is water underneath. I wonder if there was ever life on Mars

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 1:02 pm
Grab you ducky life preserver and lets go play! Cool info.

Jeremy S (3)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 1:03 pm
Fascinating! Now the question is, can we learn how to use our own resources wisely before we find a way to transport Mars water to Earth...

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 2:12 pm
Water is essential in order for life to exist. Which means that finding water on Mars only adds to the higher probability that there are other planets within the universe that are supporting life forms. I only hope they are doing a better job than we are at not destroying their home.

Florence E (132)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:05 pm
very interesting thanks for the article noted

Barbara W (342)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:42 pm
I have always found the universe fascinating and calling.. Mars is a planet that some believe life once did or maybe still does exist there. Why not? I can't help but agree with Debra, Dandelion and others who show concern..

Mother earth is perhaps the most beautiful plentiful diverse planet of all! And what has/is the human element doing to her? Digging into her very soul and ripping out her heart. For what? So they can look down on her and the rest of life from their ivory towers and say "What A Good Boy Am I" Look at what I have done! I have homes and holdings all over the planet. I'm powerful! I'm.... I'm... I'm...

Mother earth survived many Millennia when there was no modern conveniences and so too dihave humans and all the other wondrous life forms. Her air was sweet. Her land Fertile. Her waters fresh and providing.. The turn of the last century, with the industrial age and mans gr$$d on the rise, "We" have seen, in just one hundred years, the poisoning of every corner of this once plush planet. The human animal kills everything that gets in it's way or that which power brokers believe has no worth. Humans are impatient! Humans want everything yesterday and care not what that means for tomorrow.

"WE" have our eye on Mars and other planets but "We", mainly the corporate gr$$d side, have yet to conquer the monster with-in that has a darkness that seems void of conscience, operating solely on willful destruction of all that is truly beautiful.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:50 pm
if there was oil on Mars, we'd be there already. Corporations think the only thing water is good for is fracking out oil, the heck with the folks who live nearby and need clean water!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:55 pm
A desperate species on an exhausted planet looks greedily towards its neighbor. The real problem is that we are so deep into a climate change event at this point that we don't have time to terraform Mars. We have to adapt to increasingly hostile conditions on this planet if we are to survive as a species.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:03 am
Interesting, thanks.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 6:46 pm
Noted thanks.

Phillipa W (199)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 6:40 am
interesting. I thought Mars lost all it's water when it lost it's magnetic field
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