Microbial preservation in sulfates in the Haughton impact structure suggests target in search for life on Mars

Parnell, J.; Osinski, G. R.; Lee, P. and Cockell, C. S. (2005). Microbial preservation in sulfates in the Haughton impact structure suggests target in search for life on Mars. In: 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 14-18 Mar 2005, Houston, Texas, USA.

URL: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2005/pdf/1031...

Abstract

Microbes occur within transparent gypsum crystals in the Haughton crater. The crystals transmit light for photosynthesis, but protect from dehydration and wind. Sulfates on the Martian surface should be a priority target in the search for life.

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