The rise of atmospheric oxygen

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Clues from ancient rocks are helping to produce a coherent picture of how Earth's atmosphere changed from one that was almost devoid of oxygen to one that is one-fifth oxygen.

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Figure 1: Range of MIF of sulphur over time.
Figure 2: Prevailing view of atmospheric oxygen evolution over time.

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I thank the NASA Astrobiology Institute for supporting my research on atmospheric oxygen evolution.

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