Scientists have claimed Volcanoes have produced life on Mars
The researchers said volcanic activity provides an anoxic, low oxygen environment, which is perfect for the “emergence” of life.
Although oxygen is believed to be an essential gas for life, the researchers said the differing environments will encourage new life to form.
Writing in the journal, “Icarus”, the scientists said: “Reducing anoxic [low oxygen] conditions are potentially conducive to the synthesis of prebiotic organic compounds, such as amino acids and are therefore relevant to the possibility of life on Mars.”
Lead author Stephen Sholes applauded his study and said: “This is important from an astrobiology standpoint because these reducing anoxic conditions have been hypothesised as being important to the origin of life in early Earth.”
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Mr Sholes continued: “Yes, you need liquid water, but you also need appropriate conditions for life, and here we are finding that the volcanoes should have changed the atmosphere enough to be more conducive to forming complex bio-important molecules.”
Their study comes weeks after NASA said alien life could be hidden on Mars.
A spokesman for the US Space agency said: "It's possible microbial life could have existed at the surface early in Mars’ history.
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"As the planet cooled off and dried up, any life could have been driven underground or forced into rare surface oases."
NASA also claimed to have spotted an alien on Mars. Images taken from a YouTube video showcased a "tiny alien", according to reports.
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Currently, there are two missions underway to investigate life on the Red Planet.
Mr Sholes said his team hopes to create a model that will enable others to learn how big a volcanic eruption will need to be in order to make the world's environment anoxic.