Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile
Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth and an excellent location to study life in such an extreme environment. Astrobiology research in the Atacama may provide the best terrestrial analog for studies of martian soils. Ames scientists have been studying many aspects of the Atacama including microbial distributions, salt concentrations, geomorphology, and climate to help understand the dry limits of life.