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How ancient microbes created massive ore deposits, set stage for early life

The research provides a possible explanation to the 'faint-young-sun' paradox, originated by astronomer Carl Sagan

Source: University of British Columbia
Date: 2 December, 2019

New research in Science Advances is uncovering the vital role that Precambrian-eon microbes may have played in two of the early Earth's biggest mysteries.

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University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers, and collaborators from the universities of Alberta, Tübingen, Autònoma de Barcelona and the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in forming the world's largest iron ore deposits billions of years ago.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191202102059.htm
 
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