Lightning strikes as a major facilitator of prebiotic phosphorus reduction on early Earth

  title={Lightning strikes as a major facilitator of prebiotic phosphorus reduction on early Earth},
  author={Benjamin L Hess and Sandra Piazolo and Jason Harvey},
  journal={Nature Communications},
When hydrated, phosphides such as the mineral schreibersite, (Fe,Ni)3P, allow for the synthesis of important phosphorus-bearing organic compounds. Such phosphides are common accessory minerals in meteorites; consequently, meteorites are proposed to be a main source of prebiotic reactive phosphorus on early Earth. Here, we propose an alternative source for widespread phosphorus reduction, arguing that lightning strikes on early Earth potentially formed 10–1000 kg of phosphide and 100–10,000 kg… Expand

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