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Deepening the early oxygen debate

Nature Geoscience volume 2, pages 241242 (2009) | Download Citation

The timing of the earliest production of oxygen by photosynthesis is hotly debated. Haematite crystals from Pilbara, Australia, may provide evidence for a deep ocean that was at least occasionally oxygenated by photosynthetic microbes 3.46 billion years ago.

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  1. Kurt Konhauser is at the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3, Canada.  kurtk@ualberta.ca

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