From microbes to robots: using terrestrial volcano - ice interaction to explore Mars


Claire Cousins
University of Edinburgh

Time and Place

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - 11:00am
CSEC Seminar Room


Volcanism has been a dominant process on Mars, along with a pervasive global cryosphere. Therefore, the interaction between these two distinct process throughout Martian history is considered likely. Terrestrial basaltic volcano-ice interaction in Iceland produces distinctive lithologies and alteration mineral terrains, as well as hydrothermal environments that can be inhabited by microorganisms. This seminar will explore (i) how these terrains are being used to develop current and future Mars rover instrumentation and (ii) the microbial communities that inhabit the hydrothermal environments active at the volcano-ice interface.