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Can There Be Life On Mars? – Alien Sea Sponges?

Do you look up to the sky on a clear night and wonder what’s out there? People have been contemplating the night sky for millennia; and for centuries we have wondered: Can there be life on Mars? As you know, countless books and movies have been written and filmed depicting an invasion by eerie looking beings from the red planet.

You may be surprised to know that life on mars may be similar to how it is here at home – at least how it was here some 640 million years ago. In order to understand how life could exist on mars, first we have to know what life requires to take a foot hold on any given world.

If you have ever found yourself short of breath then you have become keenly aware how important oxygen. Oxygen is our most immediate need; it’s absence for just s few minutes can spell doom. Life as we know it requires this critical element.

Life here on earth began in the prehistoric seas. This because they contained enough oxygen. Scientists have reasoned that subterranean Martian lakes contained enough dissolved oxygen to support complex life forms, such as sea sponges.

The ramifications of there being sea sponges on mars are incalculable. These wonderful animals are the foundation of healthy and thriving bodies of water. Although researchers have detected subterranean lakes under Mars’ surface, they have yet to develop the technology needed to reach them and confirm their suspicions. Allow me to go further in detail as you read on.

Breathe Baby Breathe

You and I do it every second of every day we are here on earth -we breathe oxygen. This essential element for life as we know it did not appear on earth until some 2.4 Billion years ago (Live Science).This means that life on earth existed for over a billion years without oxygen. Can you imagine that?

Before oxygen filled the earth, single celled organisms ruled the planet. They did not require oxygen or even sunlight to live. Eventually the ancestors of present day cyanobacteria figured out a way to use energy from the sun to make energy – we call this photosynthesis.

A waste product of this new way of producing energy is oxygen. This new gas overspread the planet, giving more complex life forms, such as sea sponges, an opportunity to flourish – which they indeed have done. Plants today use sunlight in the same way in order to produce energy for themselves, and as result give off oxygen. We profit from that gas, which we simply could not live without.

So when we ask: Can there be life on mars?, we first need to know if there’s oxygen on the red planet.

Cambrian Explosion On Mars?

Isn’t Mars the most popular of all the planets? I have to say yes. It has penetrated our collective imagination with a vast array of books and movies about its inhabitants invading our planet.

Scientists have been wondering about life there for centuries. They have been well aware that its atmosphere doesn’t have enough oxygen to sustain life as we know it. Recently though, brine lakes have been discovered under the surface.

They speculate that these lakes can contain enough oxygen for multi-cellular life, such as sea sponges, to exist. Investigators in California have run tests which simulate the temperature and pressure found in these subterranean lakes. They calculated that these salty lakes can contain enough oxygen to support multi-cellular life forms like the sea sponge (The Borb Times).

This potential of the red planet to be another home to sea sponges is tantalizing. Can you imagine the same process of evolution that took place here on earth 640 million years ago, happening now on mars? It’s a real possibility.

Like on Earth, these martian sea sponges will be critically important for the equilibrium of those seas and the well-being of the creatures that inhabit it. Sea sponges maintain the health of the oceans by filtering its water and redistributing nutrients that become available to other animals such as fish.

The Awesome Sponge

Have you thought about the possibility of human exploration on the red planet? Imagine the benefit those explorers will have if sea sponges actually live in those martian seas. The benefits will be endless. The mere presence of sea sponges in a given body of water means that it is free of pollutants. Explorers will simply have to filter the excess salt and the water will be as good as spring water.

Thanks to the sea sponges’s redistribution of nutrients, the seas will very likely be teaming with fish and other creatures that could help sustain the pioneers on the planet. Sea sponges can make a world of difference to how successful humans will be on Mars.

A Great Potential

There have been many indicators that water once existed on the surface of the red planet, including ancient river valley networks (Wikipedia). This is the first time, however, that a body of liquid water that still exists today has been discovered. This body of water, which is 12 miles across, is located about a mile under the surface. It was found when scientists were using radar to probe the planet’s icy south pole (Daily Mail).3

Despite the fact that here on earth we have been able to develop drills that can dig about 7.5 miles, making that technology available and useful in mars in not possible at the present time. Until we are able to devise methods to reach those subterranean lakes, we will not be able to benefit from the presence of any sea sponges that may be living there.

A Cosmic Relative

The next time you look at the night sky and spot the planet Mars, you may wonder about extraterrestrial sea sponges living there. The possibility is real and the consequences are limitless. Scientists have calculated that subterranean salt lakes in Mars very likely contain enough oxygen to sustain multi cellular life like sea sponges.

Like on earth the presence of sea sponges on mars will have a tremendous impact on the chances of pioneers to survive on the red planet. These amazing creatures keep the water pollutant free by filtering. Through that same filtration they redistribute nutrients that are essential for other animals like fish.

It has been with the use of radar that these scientists have become aware of these liquid, salty lakes under the surface of Mars. Their calculations have shown that the possibility exists of there being enough oxygen to sustain organisms like sea sponges.

To this day, however, we don’t posses the technology to reach these lakes with a drill or otherwise. I’m confident that we will one day be able to reach these bodies of water and perhaps meet a cosmic relative of our own sea sponge.

JOSE CRUZ

18 Comments

  1. Hi Jose, this is one of the most interesting articles I have read in a while. What a blast! And yes, I do look up the sky and wonder when I’ll see any extraterrestrials. I do believe there is a life outside of planet earth, because is not..it is a whole awful lot waste of space.

    Also, I think it is possible to eventually live on Mars. I mean come on, people live in Australia (me including) and we have to filter water, and everything is salty and bone dry and empty. We do have oxygen, yes..but we’re cutting trees down pretty efficiantly so I don’t if we’ll still have it in couple of decades time.

    Anyhow, great tuff stuff to read. Glad to find your site!!

    • Hello Katya, I’m very glad you found my post interesting. It takes a certain type of person to wonder about what lies beyond our beautiful earth. I see you are that type of person. I love thinking about what’s out there and how it is. 

      I too believe that if we put our minds together we can reach mars and beyond. We need to do a lot to take care of this beautiful planet we have been given first. 

      I’m sorry to hear that they’re cutting trees at such a rate in Australia. I hear it’s such a beautiful place over there. 

      Thanks for your great comment,

      Jose

  2. I can definitely envision life on Mars, whether it be alien sea sponges or other simpler forms of life (i.e. single cell anaerobic bacteria). The more I study the history of the planet Earth and the ancient populations and some of the sites and structures that are still here today, the more I am convinced that it could very well be that Mars was also at one time populated with intelligent life.

    There is a lot of evidence that veers from the accepted stories found in religions, cultures, and books such as the Bible and other writings of the ancient times and many of these support the notion that things were a lot more advanced than what is generally thought thousands of years ago.

    This ties into the planet Mars as well in many cases. I do not know what we will find when we finally land there, but I sure hope I am around to see it. We may have more than alien sponges to deal with! I am an optimist, and I think that we will muddle our way through the troubles we seem to place ourselves in to go see those alien sponges if they exist, and believe we will find a way to drill down to the waters that they are contained in.

    Interesting post, and as you can see, you got my mind working overtime! Thanks for the good read! 

    • Hello Dave, there certainly are a lot of questions regarding the distant past. Such as, how did they build those pyramids without the technology we have today. I’ve even heard that our technology will not have been sufficient. 

      Life is indeed a mystery. How people live eons ago, we can only speculate about. I agree with you that we are not being given the whole story about how people were then. It’s almost as if things are being simplified to the point where it almost does not make sense. 

      We humans are seekers of knowledge by birth. What Mars has in store is tantalizing our natural curiosity. I believe there must be something there that will shine a light on the nature of life itself. 

      Thank you for your great comment. 

      Jose

  3. This is a very thought-provoking post! I always thought sea sponges looked cool but I had no idea they were so integral to the nutrient balance in the oceans. I think it is quite exciting to think that there may be sea sponges (or creatures similar to sea sponges) living on Mars.

    I am actually glad it is sponges and not little grey men who want to invade Earth. I think that with the advances in technology people will find a way to get to mars much faster-making exploration of the red planet much easier. The crazy thing to me though is that in our efforts to explore the waters of Mars we may invent a better way to better study our own planet.

    How long do you think it will be before we set up a human base camp on Mars?

    Thanks for sharing this information!

    • Hey Renton, sea sponges are crucial to the health of oceans by filtering the water and redistributing vital nutrients such as nitrogen that are essential to other animals such as fish. 

      Sure sea sponges seem less threatening to us than little grey men. LOL

      The way technology is advancing so rapidly our knowledge about Mars will surely increase greatly. When it comes to the question: When will we step onto the red planet? That depends a lot on how committed we are as species; and where do we put our resources. 

      We are advancing greatly, yet there’s still so far to go, 

      Thanks for your great comment, 

      Jose

  4. Hi Jose! This is a very unique topic and interesting. Its funny how throughout the day we only seem to think about us on earth, but yes there is an entire universe out there. It would be neat if we could see what sort of life is on Mars. It would really be cool to find sea sponges down deep in the planet’s oceans.

    • Hey Wendy, It’s such a vast universe – we just can’t imagine it’s immensity. I think it will serve us well to at least on occasion be aware that we are part of a much larger realm. 

      The discovery of life ( especially sea sponges ) will revolutionize our understanding of life and evolution. 

      Thank you very much for your great comment, 

      Jose 

  5. Certainly there is more to the solar system than we think. Humankind has been stagnating for too long in terms of cosmic exploration, and I think there is a reason why somebody is hiding precious information so that we can mind our business and continue to live limited.

    Many will be more than surprised when the truth about life will come to light. That is why I love and encourage such wesbits meant to educate the world. There is much more hapening in the universe than this reality.

    I do not think there are many people left who believe in their arrogance that we are the only form of life in the universe, a mentality that makes them think they have the authority to exploit the environment and other living things.

    • Hi Raluca, there’s certainly so much that we do not yet know about our universe. Many people agree with you that there’s a lot that we are not being told regarding the universe we inhabit and reality itself. 

      I believe that as we live in the information age we will become more and more informed. 

      Thank you for your great comment, 

      Jose

  6. This article shows the great potential of technology and our advancement and limitation. Right now, I think we are the one invading Mars😊.The possibility of Mars supporting multicellular organisms holds lot of chances that we will inhabit that planet soon.Sometimes, I feel like we are wasting too many resources on space exploration when people are dying of hunger here on earth. Searching for possibility of life elsewhere is not making sense when earth is dying of ozone layer depletion and greenhouse effect.

    • Hey Autofreak, your point regarding who is invading who is very interesting and true. As technology continues to advance by leaps and bounds as it has in recent years, we will continue to inch closer to finding a lot more about Mars. 

      I see your point. We have many challenges here at home, that we should be giving all our full attention to. Our planet is our only home and a beautiful one at that. se

      Thank you for your great comment,

      Jose

  7. I like the way you have described the red planet. 

    I wonder how it was possible our powerful telescopes here be able to detect subterranean stuffs in Mars as the word itself means “hidden” or “beneath the surface”. But that’s not my primary concern. What concerns me (as though I am joining the pioneers going to Mars) is, it is a planet that’s farther than Earth away from the Sun. 

    As we know it, as we go farther from the Sun, temperature reduces. So, there may be freezing cold, am I right? If that’s true, that it’s freezing cold in Mars, can sponges really survive in those conditions?

    • Hi there Gomer, I’m very glad you found my post engaging. The reason why liquid water could exist under the martian surface is that these lakes are brine. Salt water has a lower freezing point than does freshwater. Also, the great pressure these subterranean lakes find themselves under will further decrease their freezing point. 

      Here on earth we have subterranean lakes under Antarctica. If liquid water can exist under the frozen desert that is Antarctica, then we can see how they can also exist under the surface of Mars. 

      Thank you for the great comment, 

      Jose  

  8. This is indeed an interesting post, I didn’t know actually that Mars and earth looks alike but has just one element Missing which is oxygen, Mars is one place I really don’t think supports life but only time will tell since the brine lakes has been discovered. I really do not know much about Mars and I would love it if you could make available more post to know more. 

    • Hey Seun, I’m glad that you found my post engaging. Yes, Mars is thought to have been very similar to the earth a very long time ago, but it could not hold on to its atmosphere. When scientists reach these subterranean brine lakes what they find there has the potential to revolutionize what we think about life and evolution.

      It will also have huge implications for human’s potential success on the red planet.

      Thanks a lot for your comment,

      Jose 

  9. Hi Jose! You have presented a couple of attention-grabbing facts in this article. Thank you very much for this exciting read. The backgrounds you have presented concerning these sponges in Mars have left me thinking. I had always viewed pioneer life in Mars as something very far away. But after reading your post, it seems to not be as far away as I have though. Interesting!

    • Hey Henry, you make a solid point. The presence of sea sponges in martian subterranean seas will change everything when it comes to us landing and living there. That will be just about the best case scenario. As you know sea sponge are critically important for the health of oceans and freshwater sources as well. Click here to see what the crucial role sea sponges play in our oceans. 

      Thanks for your response

      Take care!

      Jose

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