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Collision with a Mars-Sized Body Delivered Carbon to Early Earth

Researchers propose that a planetary body the size of Mars crashed into early Earth, simultaneously delivering a mix of volatile elements necessary for life and creating the Moon. The hypothesis is based on a new study of how the presence of sulfur in a newly forming planet impacts whether carbon and nitrogen end up in the core or the mantle.

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Work Begins on Next Generation Sample Preparation Instrument 12 November 2013 Feature

Designing and developing novel instrumentation is a foundational part of the Deep Carbon…

Martian Carbon 15 February 2012 Feature

The source and nature of carbon found in Martian meteorites has been a topic of intense past debate…

Origin of Earth's Volatile Elements Re-examined 15 February 2012 Feature

The origin of highly volatile Earth elements - including carbon - has been re-evaluated in light of…

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