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ScienceDaily (July 29, 2010) — A new article in press of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters unveils groundbreaking research on the hydrothermal formation of Clay-Carbonate rocks in the Nili Fossae region of Mars. The findings may provide a link to evidence of living organisms on Mars, roughly 4 billion years ago in the Noachian period.
Brown explains: "We suggest that the associated hydrothermal activity would have provided sufficient energy for biological activity on early Mars at Nili Fossae. Furthermore, in the article we discuss the potential of the Archean volcanics of the East Pilbara region of Western Australia as an analog for the Nochian Nili Fossae on Mars. They indicate that biomarkers or evidence of living organisms, if produced at Nili, could have been preserved, as they have been in the North Pole Dome region of the Pilbara craton."
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
Here's a picture of Mars with water 4 million to today. looks like a miniature Earth. Wonder what happened to the little planet.
I won't be surprised at all if we find life on Mars, nor will I be surprised if it turns out life originated there and we are all descendants of martians, meaning it COULD be a mother planet for life on Earth.
Originally posted by Gentill Abdulla
I am really not surprised if it turns out life could be there. I mean mars to me is like a mother planet.
I want you guys to say why this does or doesn't surprise you that life could be on mars.
Originally posted by Essan
Not 4 billion years ago. I see no reason why life on Mars shoud have appeared any earlier than on Earth, and given it's smaller size, quite possibly later.
News today from NASA that they've confirmed the presence of methane in the Martian atmosphere, concentrated in three areas (one of the major sources, Nili Fossae, is shown here). For a variety of reasons, this offers the strongest evidence yet that Mars may have an active biology under the surface...Then there's the possibility that said Martian microbes would have a biology essentially identical to that found on Earth. The most plausible explanation for that would be that Earth life actually started on Mars (which cooled faster than Earth, so would have started its biology sooner) and was exported via Martian rocks ejected from massive impacts and hitting Earth as meteorites.