Salty Antarctic lake offers key to understanding water on Mars

02/10/2013 | RedOrbit

Research that examines how the world's saltiest lake, a landlocked body of water in Antarctica, remains so salty could be used to understand how Mars once created its own lakes. The study, published in Scientific Reports, looked at 16,000 time-lapsed photos and discovered that Don Juan Pond remains high in salt because of water tracks created by salt in the soil that absorbs moisture in the air. Researchers believe the process is similar to the environment on Mars and may be how the Red Planet formed lakes in the past.

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