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Ellesmere Island Glacier

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SURFACES OF SULFUR: Borup Fiord Pass Glacier on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut is a site in the Canadian High Arctic where astrobiologists study the potential for life on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Water rich in sulfur-containing compounds flows from the top of this 200m-thick glacier, a chemical mix that is capable of supporting microbial life. Europa’s icy surface is similarly stained with sulfate salts. If there's life on Europa, studies of this glacier can help scientists decide how to best utilize the limited resources any probe sent there would have. Image Credit: Katherine Wright
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