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Using the phase diagram of liquid water to search for life

Jones, Eriita; Lineweaver, Charles

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The correlation between liquid water and life may be our most reliable tool in the search for extraterrestrial life. To help develop this tool, we explore the complex relationship between liquid water, partial pressure, and solute freezing point depression on Earth and Mars and discuss the conditions under which liquid water is metastable on Mars. We establish the physical conditions for the existence of saline aqueous solutions in the pores of the martian near surface substratum. We find that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/63997
Source: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
DOI: 10.1080/08120099.2011.591430

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