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Organic burial site on Mars?

The Nili Fossae region on Mars is one of the places earmarked for the search of evidence for life. A combination of geomorphological and mineralogical data from the area suggest ideal conditions for the burial of organic matter.

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Figure 1: Mawrth Vallis region on Mars with superimposed clay deposits.



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Chevrier, V. Organic burial site on Mars?. Nature Geosci 1, 348–350 (2008).

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