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Elevated zinc and germanium levels bolster evidence for habitable environments on Mars

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp. The APXS instrument on Curiosity discovered unusual material in these veins that has the highest germanium concentrations found in Gale Crater. Credit: NASA.

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August 24, 2017
Geospace, American Geophysical Union

New data gathered by the Mars Curiosity rover indicates a potential history of hydrothermal activity at Gale Crater on the red planet, broadening the variety of habitable conditions once present there, scientists report in a new study.

http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2017/08/23/elevated-zinc-germanium-levels-bolster-evidence-life-mars/

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