Scientists believe that the Jezero crater was a lake that dried up millions of years ago
Istanbul.- A lake of about 40 square kilometers in the southwest of Turkey has attracted the attention of scientists because of the similarities they see with the Jezero crater on Mars, where the NASA Perseverance Explorer.
Scientists believe that Lake Salda, in the Turkish province of Burdur, shares similar mineral and geological characteristics to cráter Lake, Anadolu semi-public agency reports this Friday.
“Salda is a living laboratory for the development of the first life forms on Earth. It is not possible to find a similar laboratory in the world,” the geologist tells Anadolu Candan Gokceoglu.
Knowledge of the mineral composition of lake Salda they could aid in the search for ancient signs of life on the Martian surface.
“There are hydromagnetic minerals formed as a result of the activity of bacteria in Salda that have developed as mineral carbonates. Similar structures have been observed in the Jezero crater,” he adds.
Scientists believe that the Jezero crater, similar in size to Lake Salda, was a lake that dried up millions of years ago and could retain organic molecules and microbes in the clay sediments.
It is expected that, once back in the land, the Perseverance probe that landed yesterday, Thursday, provides information about Mars, the solar system, and the possibilities of life outside our planet.