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Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen on the early Earth

Christophe Thomazo and Dominic Papineau
Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen on the early Earth (in Nitrogen and its (biogeocosmo) chemical cycling, Gray E. Bebout (editor), Marilyn L. Fogel (editor) and Pierre Cartigny (editor))
Elements (October 2013) 9 (5): 345-351


Variations in the nitrogen isotope composition of ancient organic matter and associated sediments provide clues for the early evolution of Earth's atmosphere-ocean-biosphere system. In particular, large isotopic variations have been linked to the protracted oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere during the Precambrian. Important problems being investigated include the nature of the variations observed at specific times in Earth's history and the degree of preservation of ancient nitrogen biogeochemical signatures during diagenesis and metamorphism. Interpreting these records in Archean sedimentary environments and their possible implications for the evolution of Earth's early atmosphere, ocean, and life is challenging.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 9
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen on the early Earth
Title: Nitrogen and its (biogeocosmo) chemical cycling
Author(s): Thomazo, ChristophePapineau, Dominic
Author(s): Bebout, Gray E.editor
Author(s): Fogel, Marilyn L.editor
Author(s): Cartigny, Pierreeditor
Affiliation: Universite de Bourgogne, Biogeosciences, Dijon, France
Affiliation: Lehigh University, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bethlehem, PA, United States
Pages: 345-351
Published: 201310
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 35
Accession Number: 2013-098287
Categories: General geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch map
Secondary Affiliation: University of California, Merced, USA, United StatesInstitut de Physique du Globe de Paris, FRA, FranceUniversity College London, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201356
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