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Academic Journal of Environment & Earth Science, 2023, 5(8); doi: 10.25236/AJEE.2023.050802.

Evidence of Water on Mars and the Consequences of Its Release


Shuyi Li

Corresponding Author:
Shuyi Li

Keystone Academy, Beijing, 101300, China


The search for water on Mars has made remarkable progress. On July 31, 2008, NASA announced that Phoenix confirmed the presence of water ice on Mars. Then the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity found plenty of evidence of past water on the planet. It is now a matter of common knowledge that there is water on Mars. This naturally raises the question of what would happen if all the water on Mars were released once humans had high enough technology. Will it lead to a temporary change? Subsurface interaction? Or what people care most about, the potential of life? These are all possible outcomes; People today still do not have the capacity to know exactly what its impact was on Mars. The paper begins with an overview of the historical context of Mars water exploration, highlighting key milestones and breakthroughs achieved by various missions and rovers. Following the historical overview, the paper attempts to an in-depth analysis of the potential implications of water release from hydro mineral, or ice on Mars. It examines the environmental and climatic consequences that could result from introducing significant amounts of water to the surface of Mars. The effects on the composition of the planet's atmosphere, the potential for creating a thicker atmosphere through the release of water vapor, and the consequent greenhouse effect are explored. The paper also addresses anticipated climate changes and their implications for future habitability and potential terraforming efforts. In addition, the paper addresses practical aspects and challenges related to water release. It examines engineering requirements for the distribution, storage and management of released water, taking into account factors such as infrastructure development, resource sustainability and long-term maintenance. Potential benefits, such as the creation of habitable environments and support for future colonization efforts, were also discussed.


Mars, water studies, historical overview, water release

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Shuyi Li. Evidence of Water on Mars and the Consequences of Its Release. Academic Journal of Environment & Earth Science (2023) Vol. 5 Issue 8: 10-15. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJEE.2023.050802.


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