Mono Lake and Mars: The Extremophile Connection

Douglas Dunaway, Mono Lake Committee

This article explains how and why scientists are looking to Mono Lake for clues regarding life on Mars. It describes tufa formation and the creation of microfossils, the current explorations of Spirit and Opportunity, and Richard Hoover’s discovery of anoxic extremophiles within the alkaline, hypersaline mud of Mono Lake. Corresponding photos may be found at

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Subject: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Anoxic, Hypersaline, Alkaline
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Astrobiology