Hydrothermally Associated Organic Microspheres from S. W. Africa and Elsewhere

  • George Mueller


The bulk of the organic matter constituting the terrestrial carbosphere is present in a more or less finely divided state within water-deposited sediments. The oldest known sedimentary rocks, of some 3. 1 to 3.5 Bi. Y. Radiogenic Age, are from the Swaziland System of South Africa. Some structures in these sedimentary shales and cherts have been interpreted as possible micro-fossils (1), although the possibility that the particles in question may be inorganic microconcretions or organic artifices cannot be excluded. The small quantities of amino acids detected in the rocks (1) may be of ultimate pre-biological or biological origins, or they may be more recent contaminants.


Organic Substance Quartz Crystal Prolate Spheroid Hydrothermal Deposit Hydrothermal Mineral 
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  • George Mueller
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  1. 1.Institute for Molecular and Cellular EvolutionUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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