Marine Hydrothermal Systems and the Origin of Life

Marine Hydrothermal Systems and the Origin of Life : Report of Working Group 91

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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.
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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 17.3mm | 539.78g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 13 SW-Abb.
  • 0792320182
  • 9780792320180

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.
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