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Frozen Smectite Clays, Not Water, Detected Beneath Mars’ South Polar Region

15 Aug 2021, 07:05 UTC
Frozen Smectite Clays, Not Water, Detected Beneath Mars’ South Polar Region NASA/JPL/UA

What lies beneath the frozen surface of Mars’ south polar region has been a recent hot topic among researchers, and a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Research Scientist Isaac Smith refines the answer, pouring cold water on the subglacial lake theory. 

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