What Lake Hephaestus Tells Us About Life on Mars

What Lake Hephaestus Tells Us About Life on Mars
La Cono et al. / Scientific Reports

More than 11,000 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea exists an environment utterly alien yet eerily familiar to us humans: a lake. But this is unlike any lake that resides above the ocean's surface. Filled with a dark, magnesium chloride-rich brine, it is so salty that it is completely inhospitable to life, and so dense that its surface is clearly distinct from the surrounding saltwater.

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