Truncated Hexa-Octahedral Magnetite Crystals in Martian Meteorite ALH84001 : Evidence of Biogenic Activity on Early Mars
- McIntosh, J. R.
- April 25, 2004.
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- Schwartz, C., Clemett, S. J., Thomas-Keprta, K., Gibson, E. K., Vali, H., Kirschvink, J., McKay, D. S., Romanek, C. S., and Bazylinski, D. A.
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- The landmark paper by McKay et al.  cited four lines of evidence associated with the Martian meteorite ALH84001 to support the hypothesis that life existed on Mars approximately 4 Ga ago. Now, more than five years later, attention has focused on the ALH84001 magnetite grains embedded within carbonate globules in the ALH84001 meteorite. We have suggested that up to approx.25% of the ALH84001 magnetite crystals are products of biological activity [e.g., 2]. The remaining magnetites lack sufficient characteristics to constrain their origin. The papers of Thomas Keprta et al. were criticized arguing that the three dimensional structure of ALH84001 magnetite crystals can only be unambiguously determined using electron tomographic techniques. Clemett et al.  confirmed that magnetites produced by magnetotactic bacteria strain MV-I display a truncated hexa-octahedral geometry using electron tomography and validated the use of the multi-tilt classical transmission microscopy technique used by . Recently the geometry of the purported martian biogenic magnetites was shown be identical to that for MV-1 magnetites using electron tomography .
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- Document ID: 20110011417., JSC-CN-8476., and European Geosciences Union General Assembly; 25-30 Apr. 2004; Nice; France.
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