Latest Great Oxygenation Event Stories
New findings from UC Riverside-led team alter traditional ideas about ancient ocean chemistry.
The evolution of complex life forms may have gotten a jump start billions of years ago, when geologic events operating over millions of years caused large quantities of phosphorus to wash into the oceans.
Scientists widely accept that around 2.4 billion years ago, the Earth's atmosphere underwent a dramatic change when oxygen levels rose sharply.
A UC Riverside-led study reports on the effects of biological oxygen production nearly 100 million years before oxygen accumulated in the atmosphere.
Danish-led scientists say an analysis of rock found only in the world's oldest oceans has shed light on how large animals obtained a foothold on Earth. The team led by University of Copenhagen Professor Robert Frei said it has, for the first time, plotted the rise and fall of oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere that occurred during the last 3.8 billion years. By analyzing the isotopes of chromium in iron-rich sediments formed in the ancient oceans, the team found a rise in atmospheric...
An international team of geologists may have uncovered the answer to an age-old question - an ice-age-old question, that is. It appears that Earth's earliest ice age may have been due to the rise of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, which consumed atmospheric greenhouse gases and chilled the earth.
The Earth's original atmosphere held very little oxygen. This began to change around 2.4 billion years ago when oxygen levels increased dramatically during what scientists call the "Great Oxidation Event."
NASA-funded astrobiologists have found evidence of oxygen present in Earth's atmosphere earlier than previously known, pushing back the timeline for the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere.
Oxygen, key to life on Earth today, began to appear on the planet millions of years earlier than scientists had thought, new research indicates.
The Paleoproterozoic is the first of three subdivisions of the Proterozoic Eon (occurring from 2.5 billion to 1.6 billion years ago (Ga). This period is marked by the first stabilization of the continents, and also when cyanobacteria--a type of bacteria that uses biochemical processes of photosynthesis to produce oxygen--evolved. Experts have found paleontological evidence that during at least part of the Paleoproterozoic era, about 1.8 Ga, the earth year was about 450 days long, with days...
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