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- Epithermal neutron flux maps of the equatorial region near Schiaparelli Crater in Mars eastern hemisphere indicate hydrogen ion concentrations in the shallow subsurface. Published maps of these hydrogen concentrations reveal anomalous linear concentrations of hydrogen with a northeast to southwest trend. The width and trend of these linear anomalies matches the width and trend of the graben between Scylla Scopulus and Charybdis Scopulus further to the south, west of Hellas Basin. These concentrations are believed to indicate locations of subsurface water ice. As such, the flux maps pinpoint locations where quantities of water may intermittently exist today or where liquid water may have pooled in the past. The possibility of life existing on Mars, either in the distant past or at present, depends on the availability of liquid water.
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- Document ID: 20050167181.
Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 3; LPI-Contrib-1234-Pt-3.
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