A geobiological investigation of the hypersaline sediments of Pilot Valley, Utah : a terrestrial analog to ancient lake basins on Mars
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Martian paleolake basins are prime habitability targets for future Mars rover missions as they are thought to be reasonable proxies for a Hadean-like origin-of-life environment. This is especially the case for the upcoming Mars 2020 mission as over half of the top landing sites being considered show evidence of lacustrine sediments. Many terrestrial paleolakes transitioned to modern day evaporite basins due to climate change and exhibit clay, sulfate, and chloride compositions similar to the aqueous minerals identified across the martian surface. These terrestrial systems are considered ...