Journal Highlights

The western Qaidam Basin as a Martian environmental analogue: An overview

Editor’s Highlight­­—

There are many similarities between the Qaidam Basin on the Tibetan Plateau and contemporary Mars. As such it can be used as an “environmental analogue”; these are locations that are useful in the study of other planets in order to interpret data received from rovers and landers and build a picture of planetary evolution. This paper describes geomorphological structures and mineral materials on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau that are comparable to those of Mars. The conditions of high altitude, high radiation, aridity, and salinity offer new opportunities for astrobiological research.