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Pumice as a remarkable substrate for the origin of life.

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The context for the emergence of life on Earth sometime prior to 3.5 billion years ago is almost as big a puzzle as the definition of life itself. Hitherto, the problem has largely been addressed in terms of theoretical and experimental chemistry plus evidence from extremophile habitats like modern hydrothermal vents and meteorite impact structures. Here, we argue that extensive rafts of glassy, porous, and gas-rich pumice could have had a significant role in the origin of life and provided a...

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10.1089/ast.2010.0546

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Astrobiology
Volume:
11
Issue:
7
Pages:
725-735
Publication date:
2011-09-01
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EISSN:
1557-8070
ISSN:
1531-1074
Source identifiers:
177265
Language:
English
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pubs:177265
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uuid:df12856b-c13e-4632-bf29-6fc1e9cabdf5
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pubs:177265
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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