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What kind of animal could live on Mars?

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peyton tuttle

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Fur. Polar bears' fur consists of a dense, insulating undercoat topped by guard hairs of various lengths. Keeping them very warm.
Occasionally, clouds do form and snow does fall on Mars. Clouds on Mars are very small and wispy and the majority of them are formed by carbon dioxide ice. Scientists believe that a few are compromised of small water particles. Since Mars is so cold (temperatures can drop down to -90 degrees celcius) the water in these clouds could never fall as rain, but can fall as snow in the upper atmosphere of the planet. Scientists have only seen this a few times and have no evidence that the snow ever reaches the ground. Therefore, to be able to survive on mars, the animal would have to have Polar Bear fur to keep itself warm.


Polar Bear Fur
( different animal eyes )
eyes:none
Dust storms that cover thousands of square miles occur on the planet Mars. Heavy snowfall in temperatures that reach 200 degrees below zero. Swirling dust devils that sometimes grow into monster tornadoes, filling the atmosphere with fine pink dust that reddens the sky. By understanding this information, we can conclude that an animal living on Mars could not have eyes for the fact that the dust may be able to poke its eyes out.
this is a bat, you can see how big its ears are and predict how well these creatures can hear.
Would an animal on Mars need to have a nose? Well, in this case probably yes, because just like us humans the animal wouldn't want to breathe out of its mouth his/her whole life. Also, the animal would need a nose to smell basalt, in order to find it. Again, Mars has very strong dust storms and that could lead to scratching, tearing, or even cutting the nose, So the animal's nose would need to be very strong, like a steel material. An animal on mars would definitely need to have ears, like bats ears. The reason for this is because, since it doesn't have eyes to see anything it will need to have very strong hearing like, echolocation. In order to know where it's going.
nose/ears: yes
Mars has an atmosphere, though it is different than our atmosphere here on Earth. The atmosphere of Mars is thin, cold, and dry and contains much less oxygen than the atmosphere of Earth. The oxygen content of the Martian atmosphere is only 0.13 percent, compared with 21 percent in Earth's atmosphere. Carbon dioxide makes up 95.3 percent of the gas in the atmosphere of Mars. It also contains nitrogen and argon and very small amounts of water and methane. Additionally, the atmospheric pressure on Mars is only about 1/100 that of Earth's! For this reason, the animal would breathe carbon dioxide, rather than oxygen.
What kind of animal could live on Mars?
by: Peyton Tuttle
chart showing the gases on mars.
Mars has an atmosphere, though it is different than our atmosphere here on Earth. The atmosphere of Mars is thin, cold, and dry and contains much less oxygen than the atmosphere of Earth. The oxygen content of the Martian atmosphere is only 0.13 percent, compared with 21 percent in Earth's atmosphere. Carbon dioxide makes up 95.9 percent of the gas in the atmosphere of Mars. It also contains nitrogen and argon and very small amounts of water and methane. Additionally, the atmospheric pressure on Mars is only about 1/100 that of Earth's! So, the animal would have to breathe carbon dioxide, rather than oxygen.
Carbon Dioxide
Food/water:
basalt
a camel in the desert.
A camel's long legs keep the bulk of its body high above the reflective heat of the desert sand. Thick calloused skin on the camel's knees and chest are contact points with the hot sand.. The camel feet are broad, flat, leathery pads with two toes on each foot. When a camel places its foot on the ground the pads spread, preventing the foot from sinking into the sand. A Camel's legs and feet would be great for an animal living on mars, considering that it's mainly rock/dirt.
legs/feet (4 legged animal)
The crust on mars is mainly basalt (a dark, fine-grained volcanic rock that sometimes displays a columnar structure.) from volcanic activity billions of years ago. It varies between 50 and 125 km thick. The fact that the crust is so deep, the animal could eat the basalt. This animal would not need water, to survive, it just needs to eat, A LOT.
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