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Tag: phosphorus

Did plate tectonics set the stage for life on Earth?

The cooling of Earth’s mantle via plate tectonics increased the amount of phosphorus in the…

Astrobiology Top 10: How phosphorus helped oxygenate Earth’s atmosphere

The slow rate at which phosphorus was recycled in Earth’s ancient oceans could have stalled…

How phosphorus helped oxygenate Earth’s atmosphere

The slow rate at which phosphorus was recycled in Earth’s ancient oceans could have stalled…

Less life: Limited phosphorus recycling suppressed early Earth’s biosphere

The amount of biomass – life – in Earth’s ancient oceans may have been limited…

Extreme Phosphorus Scarcity and its Grip on Ancient Life

A new study reveals billions of years of nutrient limitation in the early ocean.

Did meteorites bring life’s phosphorus to Earth?

A synthetic version of phosphorus shows how this nutrient gave boost to life.