Atacama Desert

Atacama Field Test 2016: Day 5 (Oct 19) Drilling Site 2 & The Wall

The Salar Grande dry lake bed is about 70m deep. To reach the oldest layers, we will dig into an outcrop in a quarry near camp. We will work near the bottom of a manmade feature known as The Wall, … Continue »

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Atacama Field Test 2016: Day 4 (Oct 18) Drilling Sites 1 & 2

We wake up to a foggy morning. Moisture coats the ground and seeps into the surface salt, forming the characteristic smooth white salt nodules in which microbial life known as halophiles can exist. The astrobiologists point out the green and … Continue »

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