Are there glaciers on mercury?
Probably no one needs to be persuaded that mercury is a strange planet:) this is a planet that is patronized by the God of mercury trade, and as you know, trade is not the most constant of the directions, but with the correct accounting of all data and the most profitable. Probably scientists decided to take into account in the last study all the known data on this strange planet and came to the conclusion that on mercury there may well be places with ice deposits. And still, mercury is the hottest planet and the closest to the Sun, it still has craters in which with a high probability there may be ice. To this conclusion, scientists came after simulated conditions on mercury in the laboratory Of the University of Maine, USA. The aim of the project was to find out where the ice accumulates on the planet and if there is where it is moving, in what direction The study compared the occurrence of ice on Earth and on mercury and looked for differences.
The fact that in the deep craters on mercury ice is it as if no one enters into a stupor on the planet can be ice deposits up to 50 meters thick, these deposits can be up to 50 million years. Ice is a plastic breed and it could for many millions of years to change its position relative to the usual place of occurrence. If the ice changed location, it at least means that the climatic conditions in this place of the planet also changed over time.
Ice on mercury lies at the bottom of large craters in places where no sunlight gets. Glaciers were easily detected by ground-based observation tools within the NASA Solar system Exploration Research Virtual Institute grant for Evolution and Environment of Exploration Destinations project. So to say this project is a prelude to understanding how ice was deposited on Our moon satellite.
Interest is clear to scientists, because on mercury and the moon there is no atmosphere, although snow and ice formed in some places close to the polar latitudes. If there is ice on mercury, then as the conclusions of scientists show, he once got there from space. Maybe it was a collision with an ice comet or something. Ice and lies and does not move from the moment he got to the surface of the planet. There is no progress only because at the bottom of the crater with ice just terribly cold, the difference with the areas illuminated by the Sun is huge, the temperature difference is not conceivable. If you are interested in this topic, read the articles in Icarus magazine.
what can we say in addition to this conclusion of scientists
water Is the most common substance in the Solar System and it is no wonder that water is found everywhere. When a big star explodes, a lot of garbage flies in different directions and there may be water. Flying far away, it freezes and on the occasion of the formation of a new star system, water can get to any of its planets. I think the, that there is water this well, as least going straight on mercury in the future humanity will know where take water get drunk. And here is the fact that on mercury there is a crater of huge sizes of the correct rectangular form it seems to me at times more interesting to study than what scientists are looking for there at the moment.
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