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If space moguls like Elon Musk have their way, the red planet could one day be home to millions of people.

But where’s the best place to build a civilization on dry, dusty Mars?

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One of the top contenders is a region called Arcadia Planitia.

It’s located in northern Mars, to the west of the planet’s massive volcanic plateau, Tharsis (in red).Bryn Hubbard via ResearchGate

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In a recent study, researchers found further evidence the region has high concentrations of ice lurking just below the surface.

“Evidence for large volumes of near-surface ice occur in and near flat-lying regions in the lower mid-latitudes of Mars, making Arcadia Planitia potentially favorable for future in situ resource utilization.”

A finding published in the journal Icarus.

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It’s a sign that the area could be the perfect place for future Mars residents to harvest water.

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In 2019, NASA called the region “the most tempting target” for a Mars landing site in the northern hemisphere.

The northerly located, boxed-in region on this map of Mars shows NASA’s ideal landing spot for astronauts. The deep purple indicates water close to the surface.NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU

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And in 2017, SpaceX officials indicated that Arcadia Planitia was a top spot for a future mission.

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So, northern Mars might hold promise for a future human civilization.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself relocating there one day.

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