Scientists say Mars once had so much water it could have been an ocean world

(ORDO NEWS) — Today, Mars is colloquially referred to as the “Red Planet” due to its dry and dusty landscape being rich in iron oxide (aka “rust”).

In addition, the atmosphere is extremely rarefied and cold, and water in any form other than ice cannot exist on the surface.

But as evidenced by the Martian landscape and other evidence, Mars was once a very different place, with a warmer, denser atmosphere and flowing water on the surface.

For years, scientists have been trying to determine how long natural bodies have existed on Mars and whether they were fickle or permanent.

Another important question is how much water once was on Mars and whether it was enough to support life.

There could have been enough water on Mars 4.5 billion years ago to cover it with a global ocean up to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) deep, according to a new study by an international team of planetary scientists.

Along with organic molecules and other elements distributed throughout the solar system by asteroids and comets at the time, they argue that these conditions indicate that Mars could have been the first planet in the solar system. support life.


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