Posted by: zyxo | November 17, 2008

Evolution of minerals

Different MineralsImage via Wikipedia

For at least 2.5 billion years, and possibly since the emergence of life, Earth’s mineralogy has evolved in parallel with biology,” says Robert Hazen and Dominic Papineau of the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory.

In some of my previous posts (here,and here) I wrote about an evolutionary phase where inanimate matter evolved into living matter.
Apparently and logically the evolution of inanimate matter did not stop at that point, but continued under the selection pressure of a changing environment.
Of the approximately 4,300 known mineral species on Earth, perhaps two thirds of them are biologically mediated,” says Hazen.

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