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Jun 19, 2009

Evidence of Ancient Mars Lake Discovered

The case for the presence of water on Mars, at least historically, continues to pile up: a University of Colorado at Boulder research team claims "the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars" in a statement released today, according to Space.com. The scientists discovered signs of a "deep, ancient lake" that could have harbored life on the red planet.

"This is the first unambiguous evidence of shorelines on the surface of Mars," Di Achille said. "The identification of the shorelines and accompanying geological evidence allows us to calculate the size and volume of the lake, which appears to have formed about 3.4 billion years ago."

As is always with findings like this, the tech behind it is cool. For the study, the scientists used images taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE camera, on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the report said. (Image credit: G. Di Achille, University of Colorado)

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