Scientists have recently discovered much more ice on the hot scorching surface of Mercury than they ever thought. They have got an evidence of hidden storage of frozen water on crater floors, which are shadowed permanently from blistering rays of the Sun.
The journal ‘Geophysical Research Letters’ just published a study revealing that the North Pole of Mercury are holding three new craters that appear to shelter the large surface for ice deposits. Also the smaller-scaled ice deposits are found scattering around the North Pole of Mercury, still they can add upto a lot more ice to which that was unaccounted previously.
Scientists have been delighted back in year 2012 to disclose that there were huge amounts of ice water detected within the Mercury’s Polar Regions.
According to data provided by the Mercury Surface, Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER), the scientists estimated about Mercury’s surface that could been harboring a huge range of water ice at both the poles of around 100 billion to 1 trillion tons.
A PhD candidate, Ariel Deutsch, from the United States’ Brown University, explained in the press statement that, “The assumption has been that surface ice on Mercury exists predominantly in large craters, but we show evidence for these smaller-scale deposits as well. Adding these small-scale deposits to the large deposits within craters adds significantly to the surface ice inventory on Mercury. We suggest that this enhanced reflectance signature is driven by small-scale patches of ice that are spread throughout this terrain…”