23rd June 2024

Perhaps the biggest extraterrestrial lake: Planet Mars

Planet Mars


Utopia Planitia is the largest recognized impact basin on planet Mars. Recent researches conducted by the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument have discovered aqueous deposit underneath. The thickness of this deposit ranges from 80 metres to 170 metres below the surface of the planet.  The content is spread in an area much greater than that of the seven sister states put together!

The volume of water lying frozen beneath the Martian surface equals that of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, and the third-largest by volume. The research was conducted using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


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