Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO
Early Mars: Warm, Wet, and Habitable
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
Analysis of remote sensing and in situ data collected by Mars orbiters and the rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity show that during early Martian history, the planet supported rivers, alluvial fans, deltas, lakes and playas. Steam-charged volcanic explosions were common, with consequent deposition of ash, together with aqueous alteration in hydrothermal systems. Impact events produced craters and liberated ground water, leading to extensive alteration of rim and wall rocks. Many of these ancient environments would have been habitable for microbial systems. The presentation will include an overview of evidence for warm, wet conditions, and focus on a few examples for which orbital and rover-based observations have been used to generate detailed models for ancient warm, wet, and habitable conditions.
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