Archean geochemistry of formaldehyde and cyanide and the oligomerization of cyanohydrin

@article{Arrhenius1994ArcheanGO,
  title={Archean geochemistry of formaldehyde and cyanide and the oligomerization of cyanohydrin},
  author={Thomas Arrhenius and Gustaf Arrhenius and W. J. Paplawsky},
  journal={Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere},
  year={1994},
  volume={24},
  pages={1-17}
}
The sources and speciation of reduced carbon and nitrogen inferred for the early Archean are reviewed in terms of current observations and models, and known chemical reactions. Within this framework hydrogen cyanide and cyanide ion in significant concentration would have been eliminated by reaction with excess formaldehyde to form cyanohydrin (glycolonitrile), and with ferrous ion to form ferrocyanide. Natural reactions of these molecules would under such conditions deserve special… CONTINUE READING

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