In Search For Water On Mars Via Clues From Antarctica
Long Term Ecological Research Network site in Taylor Valley , one of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica . Photo by Earle M. Holland, courtesy of Ohio State University.
by Staff Writers
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 24, 2007
Scientists have gathered more evidence that suggests flowing water on Mars -- by comparing images of the red planet to an otherworldly landscape on Earth.
My question is: Could we replace the phrase 'in search for' in the headline with 'in search of'? What's the difference between the phrases of 'in search of, in search for, in a search for, in the search for'?
Thank you very much.
Frederick T Wood, in his Prepositional Idiom, says:
"Set out on a search for something; but in search of. On a search for denotes a project, whereas in search of denotes a purpose, '...Captain Smollett and their crew set out... on a search for buried treasure/ The last few years of his life were spent in travelling from place to place in search of health.' "