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Biomass and habitability potential of clay minerals-and iron-rich environments: Testing novel analogs for Mars Science Laboratory landing sites candidates

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Philosophical Magazine A
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jun 13, 2010
Volume
90
Issue
17-18
Pages
2309–2327
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

The landing site of the next mission to Mars (the US 2011 Mars Science Laboratory) will include phyllosilicate outcrops as targets for investigating the geological and biological history of the planet. In this context, we present a preliminary study assessing the living biomass and habitability potential in mineralogical Mars analogs by means of multi- component investigations (X-ray diffraction, microRaman spectroscopy and SEM\ EDX). Phyllosilicate and hematite-rich deposits from the Atacama Desert (Chile), Death Valley (...

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