Jan 3, 2011
Mars Daily - I need to find some material with a good bit of perchlorate as I need 10 mg to measure its stable isotopes. Ten mg is not very much (a couple of salt grains) but in general surficial material only has 1-100 micrograms/kg of perchlorate, which means I would need to collect 100-10,000 kg (220-22,000 lbs) of material. Of course this is not very practical given I have to dig up this material by hand and first fly it to McMurdo by helicopter and then ship it to Texas Tech University; thus the nitrate test strips.
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