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Prebiotic synthesis at impact craters: the role of Fe-clays and iron meteorites

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Abstract

Besides delivering plausible prebiotic feedstock molecules and high-energy initiators, extraterrestrial impacts could also affect the process of abiogenesis by altering the early Earth's geological environment in which primitive life was conceived. We show that iron-rich smectites formed by reprocessing of basalts due to the residual post-impact heat could catalyze the synthesis and accumulation of important prebiotic building blocks such as nucleobases, amino acids and urea.

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The article was received on 17 Jun 2019, accepted on 05 Aug 2019 and first published on 05 Aug 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC04627E
Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 10563-10566

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    Prebiotic synthesis at impact craters: the role of Fe-clays and iron meteorites

    A. Pastorek, J. Hrnčířová, L. Jankovič, L. Nejdl, S. Civiš, O. Ivanek, V. Shestivska, A. Knížek, P. Kubelík, J. Šponer, L. Petera, A. Křivková, G. Cassone, M. Vaculovičová, J. E. Šponer and M. Ferus, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 10563
    DOI: 10.1039/C9CC04627E

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