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Clues to Archean Skies Trapped in Ancient Carbon

Clues to Archean Skies in Ancient Carbon

Xenon is a noble gas found in tiny amounts in the atmosphere, but this unreactive element has had a turbulent history on Earth. Much of the original atmospheric xenon likely came from a mixture of meteors and comets during the final stages of Earth’s accretion. Later, in the Archean eon, most of the primordial xenon escaped to space as the atmosphere changed and evolved. New research finds evidence of these atmospheric events, and the transition from primordial to modern xenon compositions, preserved inside ancient carbonaceous compounds.

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Clues to Archean Skies in Ancient Carbon 13 April 2018 Feature

In a new paper in Science Advances [1], David Bekaert, with DCO Reservoirs and Fluxes Community…

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Degassing from Continental Rifts Controls Earth’s Thermostat 29 November 2017 Feature

In a new paper in Nature Geoscience [1], Sascha Brune (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences,…

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The rise across GOE and the subsequent increases in Earth’s atmospheric oxygen enabled the…

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The general strategy is to inject carbon dioxide more than a mile underground, beneath an…

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The Deep Carbon Observatory helped launch a new era of high-tech sleuthing when Young et al. (2016…

Scientists Closer to Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions
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Sniffing volcano breath may improve forecasts of eruptions New tools measure volcanic carbon…

The Oxygenation of Earth’s Atmosphere, Plate Tectonics, and the Deep Carbon Cycle 16 May 2016 Feature

Earth scientists from Rice University, Yale University and the University of Tokyo are offering a…

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