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Tracing the origins of life isn't only central to understanding our own history, it can also be important for discovering life on other planets.
According to a recent analysis, it appears that methane on Mars is produced and destroyed at a faster rate than on Earth.
Hydrocarbons â€“ molecules critical to life â€“ are being generated by the simple interaction of seawater with the rocks under the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.
On Earth, methane is mostly produced by life. The recent detection of methane in the martian atmosphere therefore has given rise to much speculation about the possibility for life on the Red Planet. In part two of this four-part series, the various ways nature produces methane are considered.