Bacterial communities and the nitrogen cycle in the gypsum soils of Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, coahuila: a Mars analogue.

@article{LpezLozano2012BacterialCA,
  title={Bacterial communities and the nitrogen cycle in the gypsum soils of Cuatro Ci{\'e}negas Basin, coahuila: a Mars analogue.},
  author={Nguyen E L{\'o}pez-Lozano and Lu{\'i}s Enrique Eguiarte and Germ{\'a}n Bonilla-Rosso and Felipe Garc{\'i}a-oliva and Celeste Mart{\'i}nez-Piedragil and Christine Rooks and Valeria Souza},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={12 7},
  pages={
          699-709
        }
}
The OMEGA/Mars Express hyperspectral imager identified gypsum at several sites on Mars in 2005. These minerals constitute a direct record of past aqueous activity and are important with regard to the search of extraterrestrial life. Gale Crater was chosen as Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity's landing site because it is rich in gypsum, as are some desert soils of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin (CCB) (Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico). The gypsum of the CCB, which is overlain by minimal carbonate deposits… CONTINUE READING
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