The RPL team will unravel feedbacks between hydrological, geochemical and biological processes that give rise to habitability during low-temperature W/R interactions by conducting studies in serpentinizing systems.

Low-temperature serpentinizing systems field sites

There are 3 sites that the RPL team have identified as excellent Astrobiological targets for investigation of ecosystems supported by water-rock interactions, the Coast Range Ophiolite CROMO in California, the Samail Ophiolite in Oman, and the Atlantis Massif, 15 km from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. These 3 sites are focused around the theme of low-temperature “Serpentinization”. RPL NAI members are also conducting fieldwork in other complementary water/rock hosted ecosystems such as Yellowstone National Park, Great Salt Lake, Robertson Glacier, Edgar Mine Classroom.

The RPL team is using these sites as collaborative test-beds for efforts in life-detection and biosignature formation for the entire NAI community.