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Mineral Environments on the Earliest Earth

Papineau, D; (2010) Mineral Environments on the Earliest Earth. Elements , 6 (1) pp. 25-30. 10.2113/gselements.6.1.25.

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Abstract

The oldest vestiges of crust and marine environments occur only in a few remote areas on Earth today. These rocks are Hadean-Eoarchean in age (∼4.5 to 3.6 billion years old) and represent the only available archive of the mineral environments in which life originated. A mineral inventory of the oldest rocks would thus help to constrain the likeliest minerals involved in the origin of life. Such a survey is important from the perspective of mineral evolution, as the emergence of life and subsequent global changes caused by organisms were responsible for more than half the 4400 known minerals on the modern Earth.

Type: Article
Title: Mineral Environments on the Earliest Earth
DOI: 10.2113/gselements.6.1.25
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2113/gselements.6.1.25
Language: English
Keywords: Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Geochemistry & Geophysics, Mineralogy, Geochemistry & Geophysics, Mineralogy, Hadean, Archean, Tonalite-Trondhjemite-Granodiorite, Supracrustal Rocks, Banded Iron Formation, Origin of life, Mineral Evolution, Isua Supracrustal Belt, West Greenland, Northern Labrador, Sedimentary-Rocks, Detrital Zircons, Jack-Hills, U-Pb, Crust, Isotope, Orthogneisses
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1510082
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