Mars once had long-lived lakes, upping odds it harbored life




Imagine yourself at the shoreline of a lake. It’s a little chilly, the wind is blowing and there are no trees, grasses or other signs of vegetation. The lake itself is only several feet deep, but it is fed by a system of deltas that flow into it

The lake looks similar to something you might find in a mountain valley on Earth, but it also might be what you would have seen if you stood at the rim of the 87-mile Gale Crater on Mars more than 3 billion years ago

Forget the piddly flows of water on Mars today, billions of years ago, the red planet probably played host to streams, lakes and deltas of fresh water which likely could have supported microbial life, a new study shows Read more…

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