Microbial Diversity in a Hypersaline Sulfate Lake: A Terrestrial Analog of Ancient Mars

@inproceedings{Pontefract2017MicrobialDI,
  title={Microbial Diversity in a Hypersaline Sulfate Lake: A Terrestrial Analog of Ancient Mars},
  author={Alexandra Pontefract and Ting Zhu and Virginia K. Walker and H. Randall Hepburn and Clarissa Lui and Maria T. Zuber and Gary Ruvkun and Christopher E. Carr},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
  year={2017}
}
Life can persist under severe osmotic stress and low water activity in hypersaline environments. On Mars, evidence for the past presence of saline bodies of water is prevalent and resulted in the widespread deposition of sulfate and chloride salts. Here we investigate Spotted Lake (British Columbia, Canada), a hypersaline lake with extreme (>3 M) levels of sulfate salts as an exemplar of the conditions thought to be associated with ancient Mars. We provide the first characterization of… CONTINUE READING