Preservation Windows for Paleobiological Traces in the Mars Geological Record

  • David C. Fernández-Remolar
  • Olga Prieto-Ballesteros
  • César Menor-Salván
  • Marta Ruíz-Bermejo
  • Felipe Gómez
  • David Gómez-Ortiz
  • Ricardo Amils
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 12)

For years, the Mars robotic missions have provided different evidences that Mars had an active hydrologic past which involved the emergence of distinctive sedimentary systems and its corresponding weathering sources. Minor geomorphic features to regional-scaled structures have been used to inferthat sedimentary systems such as deltaic, fluvial, lacustrine or marine-like environments (Malin and Edgett, 2000) to have occurred sometimes in Mar’s history (Carr, 2006). In this context, the information obtained by geomorphological interpretations have inferred those physical conditions — e.g. hydrological activity, water energy or climatic evolution-that were in equilibrium with the landforms (Baker, 2001). In recent times, new instrumentation aboard the different planetary missions to Mars (e.g. IR specs in the Mars Oddyssey, Mars Express and MRO, or APXR and Mössbauer specs of MERs) have shed light in the mineralogical and geochemical composition of some ancient materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Fernández-Remolar
    • 1
  • Olga Prieto-Ballesteros
    • 1
  • César Menor-Salván
    • 1
  • Marta Ruíz-Bermejo
    • 1
  • Felipe Gómez
    • 1
  • David Gómez-Ortiz
    • 2
  • Ricardo Amils
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro de AstrobiologíaINTA-CSICTorrejón de ArdozSpain
  2. 2.Área de GeologiaUniversidad Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain
  3. 3.Unidad Microbiología, Centro de Biología MolecularUniversidad Autónoma de MadridSpain

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