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The physicochemical nature of water on early Mars

Project description

Study aims to offer new clues to the water composition on early Mars

Evidence for ample standing bodies of liquid water on ancient Mars is abundant in the geomorphological and mineralogical records, and many large areas appear to have hosted glaciers. Despite these clues, several questions regarding the physicochemical properties of water on Mars remain unaddressed. The EU-funded MarsFirstWater project is using a combination of data sets from spacecraft missions, laboratory experiments, computer simulations and field work in terrestrial analogues to gain a quantitative understanding of the basic characteristics of water on early Mars. The project is combining paleogeomorphological reconstructions and geochemical models as well as mineralogical and astrobiological studies to place tight constraints on the physical evolution, chemical alteration and habitability of the surface and near-surface martian aqueous environments.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-COG
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Host institution

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain

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Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 498 368

Beneficiaries (2)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 498 368
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments