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2) "Organic matter" here seems to be being discussed only in terms of its use as soil science jargon, not in the sense of "matter that is organic," "organic" being meant in the broadly understood scientific sense
3) This broadly understood technical/scientific sense focuses its definition on the presence of carbon (with a few caveats), not on whether something can decompose
The equation of "organic" with living organisms comes from the now-abandoned idea of vitalism that attributed a special force to life that alone could create organic substances. This idea was first questioned after the artificial synthesis of urea by Friedrich Wöhler in 1828.
Please provide a source that describes 'organic matter' as not needing to come from life, I dare you.
Organic matter is defined as chemical compounds containing carbon-hydrogen bonds of covalent character, i.e., with the carbon and hydrogen forming a true chemical bond.
originally posted by: Subterranean13
a reply to: wildespace
Thats great and all, single papers from people from other countries that have most likely undergone translation. Almost as good as your 'source', of some guy on the internet, 8 years ago, who posted on a forum which immediately got shot down and not even included in the Wikipedia article. But what about English definitions, such as those already posted by me?
originally posted by: onequestion
a reply to: EndOfDays77
Even thinking that there wouldnt be organic matter on Mars just because its not the earth is kind of stupid.
I expect it. Not even surprised in the slightest.