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Dark 'Seas' of Glass Hint at Mars' Subglacial Lakes --Hotspots for Microbial Life

The surface of Mars exhibits numerous lava flows and other signs of effusive volcanism. Although models suggest that explosive volcanism should also have produced extensive deposits, direct evidence for large-scale explosive volcanism has been scarce. A new study by Briony...
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