Dark Dune Spots: Possible current habitats on Mars. Eörs Szathmáry. Collegium Budapest. s firstname.lastname@example.org. Eötvös University Budapest. Mars: a dead planet (?). Very dry: no water Very cold (minus 13 0 C) High UV radiation (above 190 nm) Thin atmosphere (6 mbar).
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Is this magnetite biogenic?
Malin Space Science Systems
Spot formation begins at the bottom, not at the top!
Spots do not develop on exposed sites!
There is annual recurrence (>75%) at the same sites!
These bacteria are permanently buried in ice!
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at Centro di Astrobiologia (CAB) in Madrid
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