A buried lake may have been found on Mars. What does it mean for life?

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Scientists appear to have identified a 12-mile-wide salty lake underneath a massive glacier. The research opens up the possibility that microbial life may live in this liquid place on Mars. Jennifer Glass, an astrobiologist at Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, comments on the finding. Mars is rich in perchlorate, a salt often used in propellants on Earth. This might be toxic to humans, but some microbes thrive on it, like Earth's marine microbes thrive on carbon dioxide. "People might think that’s nasty stuff," said Glass, who wasn't involved in the research. "That's not true. Microbes can breathe perchlorate — a lot of life can breathe perchlorate."

 

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College of Sciences, EAS

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Life Sciences and Biology
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water on Mars, jennifer glass
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  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Jul 27, 2018 - 6:11pm
  • Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018 - 6:33pm