Scientists Uncover New Water Cycle On The Red Planet

NASA’s InSight lander is set to study so-called Marsquakes , while the Curiosity rover continues to collect data on the planet’s chemical properties and composition.

However, as time passed and the planet evolved, scientists believe it began to lose water only a small amount of ice remained.

At that time, water vapor at the planet’s north pole increases and is split by UV rays from the sun, while hydrogen and hydroxyl groups remain.

“When it is summer in the southern hemisphere, at certain times of day water vapor can rise locally with warmer air masses and reach the upper atmosphere,” Paul Hartogh of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) explained in a statement .

Scientists suggest that these storms affect the water cycle at intervals of several years, based on data from the spacecraft orbiting Mars.

“The amounts of dust swirling through the atmosphere during such a storm facilitate the transport of water vapor into high air layers,” Alexander Medvedev from MPS said in the statement.

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