Daloll, a perfect analogue of Mars in Ethiopia

In the context of the EUROPLANET EPN2020RI project, the scientific team led by Dr. Felipe Gómez, accompanied by Beatriz Flores and Nuria Rodríguez, moved from January 19 to 28 to the Daloll hydrothermal zone, in the Danakil depression, in Ethiopia. There they have carried out biodiversity studies in very extreme conditions for life.

The project is an international collaboration composed of researchers from seven countries (USA, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Ethiopia and Spain).

This work confirms the existence of life in very extreme conditions. The high temperatures (106º C) and pH0, the high saline conditions together with the high concentrations of iron and sulfur, among other elements, make Daloll a terrestrial analogue of perfect Mars.

 

Fuente: Felipe Gómez y Nuria Rodríguez (CAB)

 

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