Volcanic Lightning and Prebiotic Chemistry on the Early Earth

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Jeffrey L Bada

Abstract

Based on the paper by Pan et al., on the early Earth >4.2 Ga with limited exposed land areas, coupled with an ice covered ocean, lightning could have been rare. This presents a conundrum because lightning is considered to be an important energy source needed for the synthesis of prebiotic compounds required for the origin of life. Lightning occurrence during eruptions on wide spread volcanic islands coupled with their associated release of reduced gases provides a solution.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31223/X5B342

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Chemistry, Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Keywords

Volcanic Lightning, Prebiotic Chemistry, Origin of life

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Published: 2022-09-16 16:19

Last Updated: 2022-09-21 05:25

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CC BY Attribution 4.0 International

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