An scientists Team are looking for the signs of ancient life on the Mars (Red Planet) with the help of data gathered by the NASA’s rover Perseverance which is exploring the surface of Red Planet. Scientists team find that the data collected on the mission is much closer to home at the Salda lake located in southwest Turkey.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration stated that the minerals and rock deposits at Salda lake are the nearest match on planet earth with the deposits on the Jezero Crater where the spacecraft landed. The Crater is believed to be once flooded with water. The Information which was gathered from Salda Lake would help the scientists to search for the fossilised traces of microbial life which is preserved in the sediment which were deposited around the delta and the long-vanished lake. Scientists team are of the view that, these sediments around the lake were eroded from large mounds which are formed with the help of microbes and are called as microbialites.

Salda Lake

The mid-size crater lake which is located in the Turkish southwestern region. It lies within the boundaries of Yeşilova district in Burdur Province. The Salda Lake is located at the distance of about 50 km in the west from Burdur. The Salda Lake is included in Turkish Lakes Region which is extended across the inner western to southern Anatolia.  It has the area of 4370 hectares and a depth of 196 meters.

About Jezero crater

Jezero crater is located on red planet in Syrtis Major quadrangle. The Salda lake is having the diameter of about 49.0 kilometer. Jezero crater is believed to be once flooded with water. It comprises of the fan-delta deposit rich in clays. From a study of the delta and channels, the scientists had concluded that the lake inside crater was formed during the period when there was continuous surface runoff.

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