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Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 209–238 | Cite as

Primeval procreative comet pond

  • Benton C. Clark
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Abstract

It is speculated that life originated in a small, shallow body of water containing concentrated prebiotic organic feedstocks, inorganic compounds, and catalytic agents in a diversity of microenvironments. This pond was formed by an improbable, fortuitous soft-landing of a cometary nucleus, or fragment thereof, on the surface of a suitable planet with an atmosphere in an appropriate thermodynamic state, such as Earth.

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Atmosphere Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Inorganic Compound Thermodynamic State 
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