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The rise of oxygen in Earth's early ocean and atmosphere
Lyons, T.W.; Reinhard, C.T.; Planavsky, N.J. (2014). The rise of oxygen in Earth's early ocean and atmosphere. Nature (Lond.) 506(7488): 307-315. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/nature13068
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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Keywords
    Palaeoclimate; Marine

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  • Lyons, T.W.
  • Reinhard, C.T.
  • Planavsky, N.J.

Abstract
    The rapid increase of carbon dioxide concentration in Earth’s modern atmosphere is a matter of major concern. But for the atmosphere of roughly two-and-half billion years ago, interest centres on a different gas: free oxygen (O2) spawned by early biological production. The initial increase of O2 in the atmosphere, its delayed build-up in the ocean, its increase to near-modern levels in the sea and air two billion years later, and its cause-and-effect relationship with life are among the most compelling stories in Earth’s history.

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