Unearthing Clues to Martian Fossils

Tony Phillips, Science @ NASA

This news article explains why scientists are looking to the tufa of Mono Lake, CA for hints of life on Mars. The article describes current conditions on Mars and suggests that it may have had a "friendlier" history including microbial life. The resource includes a 360-degree image of Mono Lake and an appendix speculating the history of water on Mars.

Subject: Biology:Astrobiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Extreme Environments: Alkaline, Hypersaline
Topics: Biosphere, Solar system, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Principles, Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:AstrobiologyKeywords: UV rays, Microbial communities