Paleolimnology in the High Arctic - implications for the exploration of Mars

Lim, Darlene S.S.; Cockell, Charles S.. 2003 Paleolimnology in the High Arctic - implications for the exploration of Mars. International Journal of Astrobiology, 1 (4). 381-386.

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Paleolimnology provides information on the past chemical, physical and biological nature of water bodies. In polar regions, where global climatic changes can be exacerbated compared with lower latitudes, the science has become important for reconstructing past changes and in so doing, predicting possible effects of future changes. Owing to the association of life with water bodies, particularly stable water bodies sustained over many millennia, paleolake regions on the surface of Mars are of exobiological importance. In this mini-review, we use experience gathered in the High Arctic to describe the importance of paleolimnology in the Earth's polar regions as it pertains to the future application of this science to robotic and human exploration missions to the planet Mars

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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Life at the Edge - Stresses and Thresholds
ISSN: 1473-5504
Additional Keywords: High Arctic, lacustrine, Mars, paleolakes, paleolimnology, sediment profiles, terrestrial analogues
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Earth Sciences
Space Sciences
Date made live: 21 Feb 2012 11:17 +0 (UTC)

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