alexa Putative Martian Microbes Formed Plentiful Ooids on Mars
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Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
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Putative Martian Microbes Formed Plentiful Ooids on Mars

Lin L*
Alumnus of National Taiwan University, Taiwan
*Corresponding Author : Lin L
Alumnus of National Taiwan University
Taiwan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: Feb 29, 2016; Accepted date: March 29, 2016; Published date: April 08, 2016
Citation: Lin L (2016) Putative Martian Microbes Formed Plentiful Ooids on Mars. Astrobiol Outreach 4: 150. doi: 10.4172/2332-2519.1000150
Copyright: © 2016 Lin L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity discovered plentiful indigenous spherical ooids at High Dune and Namib Dune in Bagnold dune field, Gale Crater, Mars. Closely resembling ooids of Earth, the Martian ooids are spherical in shape, similar in size, mostly about 0.5 mm in diameter. Colors of the Martian ooids are various, including white, yellow translucent, green, grey, and yellow. The Martian ooids should have been formed by microbes, because ooids of Earth have recently been found to be formed by microbes and microbial borings are found in ooids of Earth and Mars. The Martian ooids are unlikely to have been formed by non-biological mechanisms, because there was no highly agitated water at the discovery sites.

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