A statistical analysis of the carbon isotope record from the Archean to Phanerozoic and implications for the rise of oxygen

  title={A statistical analysis of the carbon isotope record from the Archean to Phanerozoic and implications for the rise of oxygen},
  author={Joshua Krissansen‐Totton and Roger Buick and David C. Catling},
  journal={American Journal of Science},
  pages={275 - 316}
Organic and inorganic carbon isotope records reflect the burial of organic carbon over geological timescales. Permanent burial of organic carbon in the crust or mantle oxidizes the surface environment (atmosphere, ocean and biosphere) by removing reduced carbon. It has been claimed that both organic and inorganic carbon isotope ratios have remained approximately constant throughout Earth's history, thereby implying that the flux of organic carbon burial relative to the total carbon input has… 

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