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Mars has tons of newly discovered water in a 12-mile-wide reservoir

Buried under an ice cap, the water is so deep scientists couldn't probe to the bottom.
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The Martian southern pole ice cap

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Mars is now a dry and dusty world, but at some point in the past it had water on it and it may still run at times today. For the first time, though, new research suggests the Red Planet might currently possess a large stable body of liquid water, one that stretches roughly a dozen miles across and is buried under nearly a mile of ice.

There is life virtually wherever there is water on Earth. As such, researchers have long hunted for signs of water on Mars to see if the Red Planet —and .

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