The role of microbial mats in the production of reduced gases on the early Earth

  title={The role of microbial mats in the production of reduced gases on the early Earth},
  author={T. Hoehler and B. M. Bebout and D. Marais},
  • T. Hoehler, B. M. Bebout, D. Marais
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The advent of oxygenic photosynthesis on Earth may have increased global biological productivity by a factor of 100–1,000 (ref. 1), profoundly affecting both geochemical and biological evolution. Much of this new productivity probably occurred in microbial mats, which incorporate a range of photosynthetic and anaerobic microorganisms in extremely close physical proximity. The potential contribution of these systems to global biogeochemical change would have depended on the nature of the… CONTINUE READING
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