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Substance found in Antarctic ice may solve a martian mystery – Science Magazine

Mineral jarosite suggests glaciers helped forge Mars’s dusty soil

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Sunlight shines on the snow-capped peaks of the Gerlache Strait in Antarctica.
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By Tess JoosseJan. 26, 2021 , 3:40 PM
Researchers have discovered a common martian mineral deep within an ice core from Antarctica. The find suggests the minerala brittle, yellow-brown substance known as jarositewas forged the same way on both Earth and Mars: from dust trapped within ancient ice deposits. It also reveals how important these glaciers were on the Red Planet: Not only did they…

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