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Terrestrial Hydrothermal Fields and the Search for Life in the Solar System

Whitepaper #272 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: field studies; life and prebiotic organics; Mars

Published onMar 18, 2021
Terrestrial Hydrothermal Fields and the Search for Life in the Solar System

Land-based hydrothermal fields are highly complex, habitable environments, with a range of conditions favourable for prebiotic chemistry. This, combined with their capacity to preserve biosignatures, makes these sites prime targets in the search for a second genesis of life.


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