The Search for water and life on Mars

Release Date: 
Friday, January 21, 2005

For Immediate Release

New information about the Martian terrain suggests the Red Planet's surface once had water. High levels of hematite, a mineral associated with liquid water on Earth, were discovered on Mars last year. This important find suggests the possibility of ancient lakebeds or seas on the planet's surface and increases the odds that Mars once harbored life.

Geology and Geophysics Professor Buck Sharpton will explore these notions in his one hour lecture, "The Search for Water and Life on Mars," on Tuesday, January 25. The free event will take place in the Westmark Gold Room at 7 p.m. If you show up 20 minutes early you can participate in a family-friendly demonstration where you can learn about the unique features of Mars, including the solar system's largest volcano, Olympus Mons.

This is the second installment in the Science for Alaska Lecture Series. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through February 22 at the Westmark Gold Room.

Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series is available at

Buck Sharpton, President's Professor of Remote Sensing, UAF: (907) 474-6663
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823