Ionic Strength Is a Barrier to the Habitability of Mars.

@article{FoxPowell2016IonicSI,
  title={Ionic Strength Is a Barrier to the Habitability of Mars.},
  author={Mark G. Fox‐Powell and John Edward Hallsworth and Claire R. Cousins and Charles S. Cockell},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={16 6},
  pages={
          427-42
        }
}
UNLABELLED The thermodynamic availability of water (water activity) strictly limits microbial propagation on Earth, particularly in hypersaline environments. A considerable body of evidence indicates the existence of hypersaline surface waters throughout the history of Mars; therefore it is assumed that, as on Earth, water activity is a major limiting factor for martian habitability. However, the differing geological histories of Earth and Mars have driven variations in their respective aqueous… 

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