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Nitrogen in extraterrestrial environments; clues to the possible presence of life

Marilyn L. Fogel and Andrew Steele
Nitrogen in extraterrestrial environments; clues to the possible presence of life (in Nitrogen and its (biogeocosmo) chemical cycling, Gray E. Bebout (editor), Marilyn L. Fogel (editor) and Pierre Cartigny (editor))
Elements (October 2013) 9 (5): 367-372


Nitrogen is a critical element for living organisms on Earth. While atmospheric N (sub 2) is plentiful, organisms find it difficult to metabolize, requiring chemical modifications that are rare or absent in abiotic chemistry. Living organisms reduce N (sub 2) to NH (sub 3) with elaborate, energy-intensive, biochemical processing to create nitrogen-bearing carbon compounds essential for life. Astrobiologists have long discussed what role nitrogen could play in shaping life on other planets. Work on Martian meteorites has provided new insights into nitrogen cycling on Mars. Research on meteorites ties into investigations by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory that are providing on-the-ground information to piece together a more cohesive picture of the importance of nitrogen for establishing a habitable environment.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Nitrogen in extraterrestrial environments; clues to the possible presence of life
Title: Nitrogen and its (biogeocosmo) chemical cycling
Author(s): Fogel, Marilyn L.Steele, Andrew
Author(s): Bebout, Gray E.editor
Author(s): Fogel, Marilyn L.editor
Author(s): Cartigny, Pierreeditor
Affiliation: University of California, Merced, School of Natural Resources, Merced, CA, United States
Affiliation: Lehigh University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bethlehem, PA, United States
Pages: 367-372
Published: 201310
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 46
Accession Number: 2013-098290
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of California, Merced, USA, United StatesInstitut de Physique du Globe de Paris, FRA, FranceCarnegie Institution of Washington,
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201356
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