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Offline Xin

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Do bodies decay where life doesn't exist
« on: 17/07/2009 03:12:31 »
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but my question is if a human body (or really any body) were placed out in space or on the surface of Mars (assuming there's no life around), would it still decay? If it does, what would cause it?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 17/07/2009 04:52:43 »
I think it would.

It wouldn't be a normal decay, but a chemical decay. Because our body contains chemicals which will eventually seek out balances when our body machine ceased to function.

Eventually, all the fluid will leak out, and the body will be mummified.

I think....
 

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« Reply #2 on: 17/07/2009 07:11:24 »
Although the body would be dead in as much as all the higher functions would have ceased it would still contain a lot of living bacteria which would continue the decay
(this is why morticians inject embalming fluid as the process is quite rapid)

PS Astrobiologists would be very annoyed at you dumping a body on Mars. 
 

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« Reply #3 on: 17/07/2009 07:26:17 »
As wanhafizi said, even if the bacteria which syprum referred to were also dead, or flushed out, there would be a chemical decay.
 

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