Water on Mars and Earth Might Have Same Source
A new research indicates that there are fair chances that Earth's oceans and the water perhaps flown on Mars might have come from one common source. It was revealed only after examining two rare Mars rocks which were reported to have hit Earth as meteorites, and it was also made clear that both showed different source of ancient water from Mars. One being from a middle layer of Mars called the mantle, and other meteorite was linked with material from the shallow Martian crust and atmosphere.
It has been earlier believed that water in terrestrial planets like Earth and Mars is derived from comets, but this new revelation by Tomohiro Usui, a former postdoctoral researcher at NASA's Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, has certainly brought out another facet.
"These meteorites contain trapped basaltic liquids, not unlike the basalts that erupt on Hawaii. They are pristine samples that have sampled various Martian volatile element environments", said John Jones, an experimental petrologist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, who has even co-authored the research published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
As of now, there were was no proof if primitive Martian lavas had material from the surface of Mars, but this new research has certainly showed a different angle.