Oceanic protection of prebiotic organic compounds from UV radiation.

  title={Oceanic protection of prebiotic organic compounds from UV radiation.},
  author={H. James Cleaves and Stanley L. Miller},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={95 13},
It is frequently stated that UV light would cause massive destruction of prebiotic organic compounds because of the absence of an ozone layer. The elevated UV flux of the early sun compounds this problem. This applies to organic compounds of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin. Attempts to deal with this problem generally involve atmospheric absorbers. We show here that prebiotic organic polymers as well as several inorganic compounds are sufficient to protect oceanic organic molecules… CONTINUE READING

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