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Characterization of halophiles in natural MgSO4 salts and laboratory enrichment samples: Astrobiological implications for Mars

Foster, Ian S.; King, Penelope; Hyde, Brendt C.; Southam, Gordon


The presence of sulfate salts and limited subsurface water (ice) on Mars suggests that any liquid water on Mars today will occur as (magnesium) sulfate-rich brines in regions containing sources of magnesium and sulfur. The Basque Lakes of British Columbia, Canada, represent a hypersaline terrestrial analogue site, which possesses chemical and physical properties similar to those observed on Mars. The Basque Lakes also contain diverse halophilic organisms representing all three Kingdoms of life,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Planetary and Space Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2009.08.009


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