Serpentinization, Carbon, and Deep Life

@article{Schrenk2013SerpentinizationCA,
  title={Serpentinization, Carbon, and Deep Life},
  author={M. Schrenk and W. Brazelton and S. Lang},
  journal={Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry},
  year={2013},
  volume={75},
  pages={575-606}
}
The aqueous alteration of ultramafic rocks through serpentinization liberates mantle carbon and reducing power. Serpentinization occurs in numerous settings on present day Earth, including subduction zones, mid-ocean ridges, and ophiolites and has extended far into Earth’s history, potentially contributing to the origins and early evolution of life. Serpentinization can provide the energy and raw materials to support chemosynthetic microbial communities that may penetrate deep into Earth’s… Expand
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