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Manganese carbonates as possible biogenic relics in Archean settings

  • Blanca Rincón-Tomás (a1), Bahar Khonsari (a1), Dominik Mühlen (a1), Christian Wickbold (a1), Nadine Schäfer (a2), Dorothea Hause-Reitner (a2), Michael Hoppert (a1) and Joachim Reitner (a2) (a3)...


Carbonate minerals such as dolomite, kutnahorite or rhodochrosite are frequently, but not exclusively generated by microbial processes. In recent anoxic sediments, Mn(II)carbonate minerals (e.g. rhodochrosite, kutnahorite) derive mainly from the reduction of Mn(IV) compounds by anaerobic respiration. The formation of huge manganese-rich (carbonate) deposits requires effective manganese redox cycling in an oxygenated atmosphere. However, putative anaerobic pathways such as microbial nitrate-dependent manganese oxidation, anoxygenic photosynthesis and oxidation in ultraviolet light may facilitate manganese cycling even in an early Archean environment, without the availability of oxygen. In addition, manganese carbonates precipitate by microbially induced processes without change of the oxidation state, e.g. by pH shift. Hence, there are several ways how these minerals could have been formed biogenically and deposited in Precambrian sediments. We will summarize microbially induced manganese carbonate deposition in the presence and absence of atmospheric oxygen and we will make some considerations about the biogenic deposition of manganese carbonates in early Archean settings.


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Manganese carbonates as possible biogenic relics in Archean settings

  • Blanca Rincón-Tomás (a1), Bahar Khonsari (a1), Dominik Mühlen (a1), Christian Wickbold (a1), Nadine Schäfer (a2), Dorothea Hause-Reitner (a2), Michael Hoppert (a1) and Joachim Reitner (a2) (a3)...


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