Precambrian ELF and Abiogenesis

  • F. E. Cole
  • E. R. Graf


In 1938, Oparin, in his book, “The Origin of Life”, proposed environmental conditions under which life or its chemical precursors could have been synthesized on the primitive Earth. Though unchanged in essential features, Oparin’s conditions have been subsequently refined. A central feature of this primitive environment was an atmosphere that was reducing with respect to carbon. The predicted atmosphere (Rasool, 1972) of the Precambrian earth, based upon thermodynamic calculations, is given in Table 1.


Iron Deposit Field Configuration Static Electric Field Central Latitude Alpha Amino Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. E. Cole
    • 1
  • E. R. Graf
    • 2
  1. 1.Alton Ochsner Medical FoundationNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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