GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA - 2016

Session No. 109
Monday, 26 September 2016: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2C (Colorado Convention Center)

T168. Past and Present Biosignature Recognition on Earth, Mars, and Beyond

GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; Paleontological Society
Sally L. Potter-McIntyre, Tom M. McCollom and Charity Phillips-Lander, Advocates
8:00 AM
THE INFLUENCE OF TEMPERATURE ON MICROBIAL COLONIZATION, CRATERS OF THE MOON NATIONAL MONUMENT, IDAHO: IMPLICATIONS FOR BIOSIGNATURE FORMATION WITHIN “SPECIAL REGIONS” ON MARS
PHILLIPS-LANDER, Charity M., School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd St., Norman, OK 73019, MILLER, Kayla M., Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd St., Rm 710, Norman, OK 73019, STOCKTON, Amanda M., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, HAUSRATH, Elisabeth M., Geoscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154 and ELWOOD MADDEN, Megan E., School of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd Street, Norman, OK 73072, charity.m.lander@ou.edu
8:15 AM
ENHANCEMENT OF ASTROBIOLOGICAL DETECTION POTENTIAL BY FRACTURE-SOURCED FLUIDS NEAR MARS’ DICHOTOMY BOUNDARY
THOMAS, Rebecca Jane and HYNEK, Brian M., Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, 392 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, rebecca.thomas@lasp.colorado.edu
Handouts
  • RJT_dichotomy_boundary2.pptx (19.0 MB)
  • 8:30 AM
    JAROSITE IN ANCIENT TERRESTRIAL SEDIMENTARY ROCKS: IMPLICATIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING MARS DIAGENESIS AND HABITABILITY
    POTTER-MCINTYRE, Sally L., Parkinson Lab - Geology Department, Southern Illinois University, 1259 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901 and MCCOLLOM, Tom M., Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, 392 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, pottermcintyre@siu.edu
    8:45 AM
    PRESERVATION OF BIOSIGNATURES IN HALITE AND GYPSUM FROM MARS-ANALOG ACID BRINE LAKES AND ASSOCIATED EOLIAN SEDIMENTS (Invited Presentation)
    BENISON, Kathleen C., Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6300, JOHNSON, Sarah S., Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW, Washington, DC 20057, MORMILE, Melanie R., Department of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO 65409 and KARMANOCKY III, Francis J., Chevron North American Exploration and Production Company, Midland, TX 79705, kcbenison@mail.wvu.edu
    9:05 AM
    INVESTIGATION OF AQUEOUS PROCESSES IN THE VALLE GRANDE PALEO-LAKE, VALLES CALDERA AS A MARTIAN ANALOG
    JACKSON, Ryan S., Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 875131, NEWSOM, Horton E., Institute of Meteoritics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 and FAWCETT, Peter J., Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico, 220 Northrop Hall, Albuquerque, NM 87131, rjacks04@unm.edu
    9:20 AM
    ANALOGUES OF TERRESTRIAL MICROBIALLY INDUCED SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURES IN SANDSTONES OF THE < 3.7 GA GILLESPIE LAKE MEMBER, MARS (Invited Presentation)
    NOFFKE, Nora, Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University, 4600, Elkhorn Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23529, nnoffke@odu.edu
     
    9:40 AM
    Break
    9:55 AM
    QUATERNARY AND JURASSIC TERRESTRIAL SPRING DEPOSITS AS ANALOGS FOR ANCIENT AQUEOUS ENVIRONMENTS ON MARS
    WILLIAMS, Jason1, POTTER-MCINTYRE, Sally L.2 and O’CONNELL, Laura2, (1)Geology, Southern Illinois University, Parkinson Lab Mailcode 4324, Carbondale, IL 62901, (2)Parkinson Lab - Geology Department, Southern Illinois University, 1259 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901, jasbfree@yahoo.com
    10:10 AM
    BIOVERMICULATION BIOPATTERNS AS UNIVERSAL SIGNATURES OF EXTANT AND EXTINCT LIFE (Invited Presentation)
    BOSTON, Penelope J., NASA Astrobiology Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035 and SCHUBERT, Keith E., Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., Baylor University, 1921 S. 1st Street, Waco, TX 97026, penelope.j.boston@nasa.gov
    10:30 AM
    DEFINING GEOMORPHOLOGIC CRITERIA TO IDENTIFY SITES WITH HIGH BIOSIGNATURE PRESERVATION POTENTIAL ON MARS
    WILLIAMS, Joshua M., Geology, Western Washington University, 516 High St, Bellingham, Bellingham, WA 98225 and RICE, Melissa S., Geology Department, Western Washington University, 516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, joshua.williams@wwu.edu
    10:45 AM
    MINERALOGICAL CONTROL ON MOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND APPARENT THERMAL ALTERATION OF ANCIENT ORGANIC MATTER AS MEASURED BY RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
    CZAJA, Andrew D., Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, 500 Geology-Physics Bldg, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0013 and RIEDMAN, Leigh Anne, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, Andrew.czaja@uc.edu
    11:00 AM
    DISCOVERING THE ORIGINS OF CARBONACEOUS MATERIALS IN SILICEOUS DEPOSITS: MICRO RAMAN SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION OF QUARTZ FABRICS IN CHERTS
    BOWER, Dina M.1, STEELE, Andrew2, FRIES, Marc3 and CONRAD, Pamela G.1, (1)Planetary Environments Laboratory, NASA Goddard SFC, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD 20771, (2)Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 5251 Broad branch Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015, (3)ARES, NASA Johnson Space Center, KT, 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058, dina.m.bower@nasa.gov
    11:15 AM
    INVESTIGATION OF CARBONATE GLOBULES IN MARTIAN METEORITE ALLAN HILLS 84001 AND AN EARTH ANALOG FROM SVALBARD, NORWAY
    KOZIOL, Andrea M. and SEKERAK, M.A.J., Geology, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45409, akoziol1@udayton.edu
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