Large reserves of clean water found on Mars

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Mars, © NASA/JPL/Arizona State University, R. Luk

US Geological Survey scientists have discovered that under the surface of Mars, at a depth of one to two meters, there are vast layers of pure water ice up to a hundred meters thick. The discovery was made by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which took pictures of the eroded rocky ledges.

The discovery proves that there is much more water available on Mars than previously thought. According to experts, the ice on the Red Planet is in an unstable state and quickly turns into steam, but the occurrence at a shallow depth prevents the destruction of the layers. Presumably, this water will be suitable for consumption by people who visit Mars in the future.

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