Scientists Say a Lake's Worth of Water Is Frozen on Mars

April 9, 2015 8:53 PM

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Scientists say Mars has thousands of glaciers buried beneath its dusty surface, enough frozen water to blanket the planet with a 3.6-foot-thick (1.1-meter-thick) layer of ice. The glaciers are found in two bands in the mid-southern and mid-northern latitudes.

Radar readings from Mars orbiters were combined with computer models of ice flows to determine that the planet has about 5.3 trillion cubic feet (150 billion cubic meters) of water locked in the ice. That's according to a study published in this week's issue of Geophysical Research Letters. The volu...

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