Evidence for Biotic Perchlorate Reduction in Naturally Perchlorate-Rich Sediments of Pilot Valley Basin, Utah.

@article{Lynch2019EvidenceFB,
  title={Evidence for Biotic Perchlorate Reduction in Naturally Perchlorate-Rich Sediments of Pilot Valley Basin, Utah.},
  author={Kennda L. Lynch and W. Andrew Jackson and Kevin A. Rey and John R. Spear and Frank Rosenzweig and Junko Munakata-Marr},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2019},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={
          629-641
        }
}
The presence of perchlorate on Mars suggests a possible energy source for sustaining microbial life. Perchlorate-reducing microbes have been isolated from perchlorate-contaminated soils and sediments on the Earth, but to date, never from an environment that is naturally enriched in perchlorate. The arid Pilot Valley paleolake basin in Utah is a Mars analog environment whose sediments are naturally enriched with up to ∼6.5 μg kg-1 perchlorate oxyanions. Here, we present results of field and… 

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