Early Organic Evolution

Implications for Mineral and Energy Resources

  • Manfred Schidlowski
  • Stjepko Golubic
  • Michael M. Kimberley
  • David M. McKirdySr.
  • Philip A. Trudinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction

  3. Precambrian Weathering and Paleosols

  4. Organic Matter in Precambrian and Early Paleozoic Sediments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. David M. McKirdy, Scott W. Imbus
      Pages 176-192
    3. M. F. Glaessner, C. B. Foster
      Pages 193-202
    4. Harald Strauss, David J. Des Marais, J. M. Hayes, Roger E. Summons
      Pages 203-211
    5. B. Horsfield, S. Bharati, S. R. Larter, F. Leistner, R. Littke, H. J. Schenk et al.
      Pages 257-266
    6. A. G. Douglas, J. S. Sinninghe Damsté, J. W. de Leeuw, T. I. Eglinton, M. G. Fowler
      Pages 267-278
    7. Fan Pu, Li Jinggui, Meng Qianxiang, Yu Xinke, Li Zhenxi
      Pages 308-316
  5. Antiquity and Metallogenic Potential of Bacterial Sulfate Reduction

  6. Fossil Microbial Ecosystems of the “Stromatolitic” Type and Their Modern Analogs

  7. General Topics

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 551-555

About this book


This volume is the final outcome of a conference designed to wrap up IOCP Project 157 (" Early Organic Evolution and Mineral and Energy Resources ") after a decade of prolific activity. The picturesque solitude of Maria Laach Abbey in the Eifel Mountains (FRO) provided the appropriate setting for a conclave of some 80 specialists from the various walks of the field who, during the week of Sept. 19 - 23, 1988, strived hard to define the state of the art in the principal segments of this Earth Science frontier. The following pages contain the essence of the conference transactions, giv­ ing a vivid cross-section of the activities pursued by IOCP Project 157 during its final years. The coverage of topics is not necessarily complete, but rather eclec­ tic in part. With regard to single papers dealing with modern analogues of ancient processes, the book title might even be considered a grave misnomer. Neverthe­ less, all contributions relate to the subject in the widest sense, and the reader should be reminded that much of the heterogeneity reflected by the volume de­ rives from the fact that it is primarily a research report from a highly inter­ disciplinary field rather than a textbook.


Bakterielle Sulfatreduktion Biochemie Evolutionsbiologie Oxidation Präkambrium-Paläoböden Reduktion biochemistry biology economic geology evolutionary biology geochemistry geoscience mineralogy precambrian metallogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Schidlowski
    • 1
  • Stjepko Golubic
    • 2
  • Michael M. Kimberley
    • 3
  • David M. McKirdySr.
    • 4
  • Philip A. Trudinger
    • 5
  1. 1.IGCP Project 157Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Otto-Hahn-Institut)MainzGermany
  2. 2.Biological Science CenterBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric SciencesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  4. 4.Department of Geology & GeophysicsUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  5. 5.Division of Continental GeologyBureau of Mineral ResourcesCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76886-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76884-2
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