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Exploring Planetary Lakes.

Nathalie A. Cabrol, Edmond A. Grin, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Robert E. Jacobsen, Ruben Sommaruga, Angela M. Detweiler, Alex Echeverria, Victor Parro, Angeles Aguilera, Luis Rivas, Cecilia Demergasso, Leslie Bebout, Kevin Rose, M Smith, Trey Smith, Eric Smith, Liam Pedersen, Susan Lee, Terry Fong, David S. Wettergreen, Zuki Tanaka, Ellen Stofan, and Cristian Tambley. In Proc. NASA Ames Astrobiology Symp., 2013.

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Abstract

The Planetary Lake Lander project (PLL) is funded by the NASA (ASTEP) Program. It deploys an adaptive robotic lake lander in the Central Andes of Chile where ice is melting at an accelerated rate. Deglaciation subjects lakes to interannual variability and impacts metabolic activity and biogeochemical cycles, lake habitat, ecosystem, and biodiversity. Documenting the deglaciation process contributes to a better understanding of the changes affecting Earth's glacial lake ecosystems here and now, and may shed light on how life adapted during past deglaciations. From an astrobiological perspective, it brings new insights into the evolution of Mars habitability during comparable geological periods, and into its remote and in situ signatures. Further, the robotic exploration of lakes confronts us with challenges analogous to those faced by future planetary missions to Titan's lakes and seas.

BibTeX Entry

@InProceedings{cabrol13:lake_lander_astrobio,
  author =       {Nathalie A. Cabrol and Edmond A. Grin and Jeffrey E. Moersch and Robert E. Jacobsen and Ruben Sommaruga and Angela M. Detweiler and Alex Echeverria and Victor Parro and Angeles Aguilera and Luis Rivas and Cecilia Demergasso and Leslie Bebout and Kevin Rose and M Smith and Trey Smith and Eric Smith and Liam Pedersen and Susan Lee and Terry Fong and David S. Wettergreen and Zuki Tanaka and Ellen Stofan and Cristian Tambley},
  title =        {Exploring Planetary Lakes},
  booktitle = {Proc. NASA Ames Astrobiology Symp.},
  year =      2013,
}

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