Microbiology & Virology

Microbialites On The Shore Of Lake Salda In Turkey

By Keith Cowing
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May 6, 2024
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Microbialites On The Shore Of Lake Salda In Turkey
Microbialites On The Shore Of Lake Salda In Turkey — NASA

The rocks seen here along the shoreline of Lake Salda in Turkey were formed over time by microbes that trap minerals and sediments in the water. These so-called microbialites were once a major form of life on Earth and provide some of the oldest known fossilized records of life on our planet.

Studying these microbial fossils on Earth has helped scientists prepare for the mission.

Today, the Martian surface is devoid of lakes and rivers, but billions of years ago it may have looked like this aqueous location on Earth. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover landed in Jezero Crater, which scientists believe was home to a lake and river delta about 3.5 billion years ago.

Together, they could have collected and preserved ancient organic molecules and other potential signs of microbial life from the water and sediments that flowed into the crater billions of years ago.

NASA ID: PIA24374 Date Created:2021-01-27 Larger image


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