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Life in the Atacama: Searching for life with rovers (science overview)

Authors
  • Shmuel, Weinstein
  • Michael, Wyatt
  • Nathalie Cabrol
  • David, Wettergreen
  • Kim, Warren‐rhodes
  • Edmond Grin
  • Jeffrey, Moersch
  • Guillermo Chong, Diaz
  • Charles S, Cockell
  • Peter, Coppin
  • Cecilia, Demergasso
  • James M, Dohm
  • Lauren, Ernst
  • Gregory, Fisher
  • Justin, Glasgow
  • Craig, Hardgrove
  • Andrew N, Hock
  • Dominic, Jonak
  • Lucia, Marinangeli
  • Edwin, Minkley
  • And 9 more
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2007
Volume
112
Issue
G4
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

[1] The Life in the Atacama project investigated the regional distribution of life and habitats in the Atacama Desert of Chile. We sought to create biogeologic maps through survey traverses across the desert using a rover carrying biologic and geologic instruments. Elements of our science approach were to: Perform ecological transects from the relatively wet coastal range to the arid core of the desert; use converging evidence from science instruments to reach conclusions about microbial abundance; and develop and test ...

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