Arctic water can help search for life on Mars
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Arctic water can help search for life on Mars

August 31, 2021

Scientists have found non-freezing water where it shouldn't be.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists from the Institute of the Arctic and Antarctic, while drilling permafrost ice on the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago (just 56 kilometers from the coast of Taimyr), found non-freezing salt water. Although in such conditions it should not be there in all respects. Researchers want to use the ‘Arctic brine’ to search for life on Mars.

Scientists noted that microorganisms living in the ‘brine’ are highly resistant to high water salinity and low temperatures. This anomaly may be associated with a change in the chemical composition of water and exposure to concentrated gases. Studying these microorganisms could provide clues on where to look for life in seemingly lifeless regions of the universe.

In addition, non-freezing water can be used in the future in cosmetology and the food industry. Research is underway to determine the full potential of the ‘Arctic brine’.

Earlier, we reported that researchers accidentally discovered the northernmost island of the planet.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: russiadiscovery.com and esa.int

August 31, 2021

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