Biological role of Martian airborne and deposited dust
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The radiative and chemical conditions at the surface in different Martian possible habitats are computed at various seasons combining a 2D photochemical model and radiation simulations. In most situations, the solar UV B and C radiations reach the surface however, a thin layer of deposited dust can constitute an effective UV shield, the protection presented by the atmosphere and airborne particles will also be characterized. This life favorable hypothesis is discussed for several Martian analogues.
CitationMuller, C.; Moreau, D. (2001). Biological role of Martian airborne and deposited dust. , ESA-SP 496: Proceedings of the First European Workshop on Exo-/astro-biology, Issue 496, 375-378,