Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pondering the Precambrian #27



Did a massive volcanic eruption trigger the Gaskiers Glaciation?

Deposits from British Columbia may be evidence of deep sea conditions just prior to the Gaskiers Glaciation.

Fossil fats from the Cryogenian may actually be from algae instead of sponges.

Amoebozoa diversified earlier than expected during the Tonian 750 million years ago.

How were banded iron formations created in Egypt from the NeoProterozoic?

Was the Cambrian Explosion really that big a deal? Or did it really originate in the Ediacaran?

First record of carbonates with spherulites and cone-in-cone structures from the Ediacaran of Norway has been found.


The Yili Block was likely located in the NW margin of the supercontinent Rodinia.


The apparent cyclical deposition of the Dales Gorge Member banded iron formation appears to be related to sea level rise and fall or tectonic activity.

The Vempalle Formation dolomites of India appear to have more in common with Phanerozoic carbonates than Proterozoic ones.

There's a sedimentation record from 2.27 BYA to 1.96 BYA in West Africa with evidence of volcanic ash and activity in the layers.

The first drillings into the Temagami Anomaly have uncovered potential links to the Sudbury Impact.

The Francevillian Biota of Rhyacian Gabon seems to have had something able to move.  Scientists have found evidence of trackways from shallow, oxygenated waters.


Evidence from Mauritania suggests the Archean geophysics were as complicated as today.

Evidence of a breakup of a continent from the Archean.

There appears to be evidence of major crustal growth circa 2.6 BYA and 3.2 BYA.

There is evidence plate tectonics were active, despite prior theory, during the Archean.


There is evidence of a continental margin at the tail end of the MesoArchean in North China.

A subduction zone has been found from the MesoArchean/NeoArchean boundary.

Evidence of a continental rift was found in Hainan, China from the MesoArchean.

There is evidence of ephemeral oxygen oases in the Mesoarchean Ocean.


South African barite deposits were not laid down in a marine environment, but from a spring.

Life was thriving during the paleoarchean 3.5 billion years ago.


How the first continents formed in the EoArchean.


Was the Theia impact the reason for the heterogeneity of Earth's crust?

Origin of Life:

Was the repeated drying and wetting cycle of the margin of water the source of energy for the original polymerization of amino acids et al?

Did hydrogen peroxide play a crucial role in the origin of life?

Pluripotency and the origin of multicellular life.

Could the RNA world hypothesized never have existed?

Shallow pools of water might have been the original location for the origin of life, not the sea.

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