Water Frost Has Been Detected on Mars’s Volcanoes

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Researchers have announced a huge discovery on Mars: multiple patches of water frost. Researchers have said that the frost spots are the size of multiple Olympic swimming pools.

These layers of water frost are thin and were discovered on top of three different Mars Tharsis volcanoes. These volcanoes are a string of twelve volcanoes across the equator of the planet and they are the tallest volcanoes in our solar system. Olympus, Ceraunius Tholus, and Arsia Ascraeus Mons were the peaks with frost.

A press release from Brown University’s researchers stated, “The researchers calculate the frost constitutes at least 150,000 tons of water that swaps between the surface and atmosphere each day during the cold seasons.” It continued, “That’s the equivalent of roughly 60 Olympic-size swimming pools.”

The water frosts were seen by the European Space Agency’s ExoMars and Mars Express, which were able to take thirty thousand photos of the water frost.

According to the study, the frost was recorded to be “one-hundredth of a millimeter thick or about the width of a human hair.”

Said Adomas Valantinas, a postdoctoral fellow who led the study, “We thought it was improbable for frost to form around Mars’ equator, as the mix of sunshine and thin atmosphere keeps temperatures during the day relatively high at both the surface and mountaintop — unlike what we see on Earth, where you might expect to see frosty peaks,”

Valantinas continued, “What we’re seeing may be a remnant of an ancient climate cycle on modern Mars, where you had precipitation and maybe even snowfall on these volcanoes in the past.”

These findings have changed what researchers previously thought about the climate on Mars, while also allowing them an exciting new find that would allow them to explore further.

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