Study: Key Ingredient for Life Abundant on Early Mars
Life on Mars? Though the debate rages on, a team of UNLV researchers has discovered that phosphate – an essential chemical ingredient for life – may have been more abundant on early Mars than during the emergence of life on Earth.
In a study published recently in Nature Geoscience, doctoral student Christopher Adcock and colleagues created and then dissolved synthetic phosphate-containing minerals similar to those found on Mars. Determining how well the minerals dissolve is key to understanding how readily available the phosphate may have been for life-creating chemical reactions.