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Sedimentary sulfides


Rickard, D and Mussman, M and Steadman, JA, Sedimentary sulfides, Elements, 13, (2) pp. 117-122. ISSN 1811-5209 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2113/gselements.13.2.117


Sedimentary sulfides constitute over 95% of the sulfide on the surface of the planet, and their formation, preservation and destruction largely determines the surface environment. The sulfide in sediments is mainly derived from the products of sulfate-reducing bacteria, which are currently responsible for oxidizing over half the organic matter flux reaching sediments. Pyrite is the mineral overwhelmingly produced. The geochemistry of pyrite, both in terms of its isotopic composition and its trace-element loading, has varied dramatically over geologic time. As such, it is a major source of our current understanding about the nature of the early Earth and of the Earth’s subsequent geochemical and biological evolution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pyrite, sediments, gold, microorganisms, evolution, sulfides
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Exploration geochemistry
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Objective Field:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Steadman, JA (Mr Jeffrey Steadman)
ID Code:115641
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:43
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-04-03
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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