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30 December 1999 Morphological behavior of inorganic precipitation systems
Juan-Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
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Inorganic precipitation processes are capable of producing a wide range of morphological outputs. This range includes shapes with both crystallographic and non-crystallographic symmetry elements. Among the latter, morphologies that mimic primitive living organisms are easily obtained under different physico-chemical conditions including those that are geochemically plausible. The application of this information to the problem of deciphering primitive life on the early Earth and Mars is discussed. It is concluded that morphology cannot be used unambiguously as a tool for primitive life detection.
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Juan-Manuel Garcia-Ruiz "Morphological behavior of inorganic precipitation systems", Proc. SPIE 3755, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology II, (30 December 1999); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.375088
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KEYWORDS
Crystals

Fractal analysis

Silica

Calcite

Carbonates

Dendrites

Minerals

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