• Geology
  • Published 1981

An Hypothesis Concerning the Relationships Between Submarine Hot Springs and the Origin of Life on Earth

@inproceedings{Corliss1981AnHC,
  title={An Hypothesis Concerning the Relationships Between Submarine Hot Springs and the Origin of Life on Earth},
  author={John B. Corliss and Ja Baross and S Hoffman},
  year={1981}
}
A diverse set of observations from Archaean fossil-bearing rocks, modern submarine hydrothermal systems, experimental and theoretical work on the abiotic synthesis of organic molecules and primitive organized structures, and on water-rock interactions suggests that submarine hot springs were the site for the synthesis of organic compounds leading to the first living organisms on earth. These systems are characterized by high fluxes of thermal energy, highly reducing conditions, abundant and… CONTINUE READING

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