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Staging life in an early warm 'seltzer' ocean

Martin Schoonen and Alexander Smirnov
Staging life in an early warm 'seltzer' ocean (in Origins of life; transition from geochemistry to biogeochemisty, Nita Sahai (editor) and Hussein Kaddour (editor))
Elements (December 2016) 12 (6): 395-400


The stage for the origin of life may have been set during a period that was as short as 20 million years within the first 100 million years after the formation of the Moon (at approximately 4.5 Ga). The atmosphere at that time contained more carbon dioxide than at any other period thereafter. Carbon dioxide sustained greenhouse conditions, accelerated the weathering of a primitive crust, and may have led to conditions conducive to forming the building blocks of life. The conversion of inorganic carbon and nitrogen to the essential building blocks of life may have been facilitated by clays, zeolites, sulfides, and metal alloys that had been formed as the crust reacted with a warm and carbonated (seltzer) ocean. Geochemical modeling constrains the conditions favorable for the formation of these potential mineral catalysts.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Staging life in an early warm 'seltzer' ocean
Title: Origins of life; transition from geochemistry to biogeochemisty
Author(s): Schoonen, MartinSmirnov, Alexander
Author(s): Sahai, Nitaeditor
Author(s): Kaddour, Husseineditor
Affiliation: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, United States
Affiliation: University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science, Akron, OH, United States
Pages: 395-400
Published: 201612
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: 30
Accession Number: 2017-004966
Categories: General geochemistryGeneral paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Lone Star College at Kingwood, USA, United States
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: 201704
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