Marine Hydrothermal Systems and the Origin of Life : Report of Working Group 91
Research of the origins of life in connection with a marine environment started at the end of the seventies, when the "black smokers" in the Pacific were discovered and the Red Sea deep hydrothermal brines were found to be a fruitful environment for abiotic synthesis of life precursors. For a while this research was categorized under the heading "Chemistry", but in less than a decade the topic became fully integrated into the science of "oceanography". The Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR) initiated working Group 91: "Chemical Evolution and Origin of Life in Marine Hydrothermal Systems". This volume contains the final report of this working group.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 156 x 233.9 x 17.3mm | 539.78g
- 30 Nov 1992
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
- 13 SW-Abb.
Table of contents
Why are hydrothermal systems proposed as plausible environments for the origin of life?, N.G. Holm; hydrothermal systems - their varieties, dynamics, and suitability for prebiotic chemistry, N.G. Holm and R.J-C Hennet; modern life at high temperatures, R.M. Daniel; aqueous organic geochemistry at high temperature/high pressure, B.R.T. Simoneit; chemical environments of submarine hydrothermal systems, E.L. Shock; chemical markers of prebiotic chemistry in hydrothermal systems, J.P. Ferris; hydrothermal organic synthesis experiments, E.L. Shock; an experimental approach to chemical evolution in submarine hydrothermal systems, H. Yanagawa and K. Kobayashi; mineral theories of the origin of life and an iron sulfide example, A.G. Cairns-Smith, et al; future research, N.G. Holm, et al.