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Early plants and the rise of mud

Fischer, Woodward W. (2018) Early plants and the rise of mud. Science, 359 (6379). pp. 994-995. ISSN 0036-8075. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180208-163623403

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Abstract

The geological record of our planet provides evidence for a handful of ways in which life has fundamentally altered processes and environments at Earth's surface. It was the evolution of photosynthesis nearly 2.5 billion years ago that oxygenated the atmosphere and oceans (1), greatly increasing the spectrum of minerals found in rocks (2). Over the past 250 million years, the production of mineral skeletons by algae in the oceans transformed the way in which sediments accumulate in marine basins (3). On page 1022 of this issue, McMahon and Davies (4) illustrate how plants, too, have left an indelible mark in the geological record, their signature written in mud.


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Additional Information:© 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Official Citation:Early plants and the rise of mud BY WOODWARD W. FISCHER. SCIENCE 02 MAR 2018 : 994-995
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