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Other analogs to Mars: high-altitude, subsurface, desert, and polar environments

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Life in Antarctic Deserts and other Cold Dry Environments: Astrobiological Analogs
Publication Date
Apr 28, 2010
Volume
5
Pages
258–258
Source
SETI Institute
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Abstract

The McMurdo Dry Valleys detailed in previous chapters represent one environment for life thought to have existed on Mars among many. This chapter illustrates other potential habitats and their significance:(1) highaltitude lakes subjected to rapid climate change in the Andes provide analogy to the Noachian/Hesperian transition on Mars;(2) Rıo Tinto, Spain, where conditions are reminiscent of Meridiani Planum, unravels an underground anaerobic chemoautotroph biosphere that could resemble a modern refuge for life on Mars;(3) the ...

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