Alkaline Hypersaline Lakes as Analogs for Ancient Microbial Habitats on Mars

G.D. McDonald, A.I. Tsapin, M.C. Storrie-Lombardi, K.H. Nealson, K.L.F. Brinton, H. Sun, K. Venkateswaren, I. Tsapin, R. Jellison, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

This site features a scientific article associated with the Mars Global Surveyor Project, reporting data collected from a study analyzing Mono Lake as a terrestrial analog to Mars. The study is centered on two classes of biomarker compounds amino acids and fatty acids and on the microbial diversity of Mono Lake. A table illustrates the mole % fatty acids in Mono Lake sediments.

Subject: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Diversity, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Molecular Biology, Astrobiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: Alkaline, Hypersaline
Topics: Biosphere:Molecular Biology, Biogeochemistry, Astrobiology, Diversity, Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Terrestrial, Solar system:Mars:Life on Mars, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology:Molecular Methods
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science, Biogeoscience