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Are There Martians in Australia?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Featured Speaker: Melanie Mormile, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences; Joint Faculty Appointment, Department of Geosciences and Geological Engineering; Senior Investigator, Environmental Research Center, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Astrobiologists are intrigued by evidence that Mars had acidic saline waters. If our closest planetary neighbor once possessed water, it may also have harbored life. Western Australia, with its hyper-saline lakes, is one of the few places on Earth similar to Mars. Both possess strikingly similar sedimentary deposits produced in very salty and acidic waters. If life existed on Mars, it likely would have been similar to the microorganisms that thrive in the lakes of Australia.
Dr. Melanie Mormile takes us on a journey of discovery to Western Australia with a group of geologists and microbiologists to study the area’s hypersaline lakes and the possibility of life in these salty, acidic and metal-rich conditions. And she tells us what their journey of discovery says about the possibility of life on Mars.
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