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32

Microbial Mats and Which Minerals Can Form

Lecture no. 32 from the course: The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

Microbial Mats and Which Minerals Can Form

Taught by Professor Robert M. Hazen | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Carpet-like colonies of algae called microbial mats date back almost to the dawn of life. Because they use photosynthesis, microbial mats help date the Great Oxidation Event. Trace the far-reaching consequences of an oxygen-rich atmosphere on the evolution of minerals.

48 Lectures

1
Image of Mineralogy and a New View of Earth
Mineralogy and a New View of Earth
0 of 38 min
2
Image of Origin and Evolution of the Early Universe
Origin and Evolution of the Early Universe
0 of 31 min
3
Image of Origins of the Elements—Nucleosynthesis
Origins of the Elements—Nucleosynthesis
0 of 33 min
4
Image of Ur-Minerals, First Crystals in the Cosmos
Ur-Minerals, First Crystals in the Cosmos
0 of 32 min
5
Image of Presolar Dust Grains—Chemistry Begins
Presolar Dust Grains—Chemistry Begins
0 of 32 min
6
Image of Coming to Grips with Deep Time
Coming to Grips with Deep Time
0 of 29 min
7
Image of The Birth of the Solar System
The Birth of the Solar System
0 of 30 min
8
Image of The Early Solar System—Terrestrial Planets
The Early Solar System—Terrestrial Planets
0 of 29 min
9
Image of Hints from the Gas Giants and Their Moons
Hints from the Gas Giants and Their Moons
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Meteorites—The Oldest Objects You Can Hold
Meteorites—The Oldest Objects You Can Hold
0 of 29 min
11
Image of Mineral Evolution, Go! Chondrite Meteorites
Mineral Evolution, Go! Chondrite Meteorites
0 of 32 min
12
Image of Meteorite Types and Planetesimals
Meteorite Types and Planetesimals
0 of 33 min
13
Image of Achondrites and Geochemical Affinities
Achondrites and Geochemical Affinities
0 of 32 min
14
Image of The Accretion and Differentiation of Earth
The Accretion and Differentiation of Earth
0 of 34 min
15
Image of How Did the Moon Form?
How Did the Moon Form?
0 of 29 min
16
Image of The Big Thwack!
The Big Thwack!
0 of 31 min
17
Image of The “Big Six” Elements of Early Earth
The “Big Six” Elements of Early Earth
0 of 33 min
18
Image of The Black Earth—Peridotite to Basalt
The Black Earth—Peridotite to Basalt
0 of 34 min
19
Image of Origins of the Oceans
Origins of the Oceans
0 of 31 min
20
Image of Blue Earth and the Water Cycle
Blue Earth and the Water Cycle
0 of 32 min
21
Image of Earth and Mars versus Mercury and the Moon
Earth and Mars versus Mercury and the Moon
0 of 31 min
22
Image of Gray Earth—Clays and the Rise of Granite
Gray Earth—Clays and the Rise of Granite
0 of 32 min
23
Image of Earth’s Mineralogy Takes Off—Pegmatites
Earth’s Mineralogy Takes Off—Pegmatites
0 of 30 min
24
Image of Moving Continents and the Rock Cycle
Moving Continents and the Rock Cycle
0 of 29 min
25
Image of Plate Tectonics Changes Everything
Plate Tectonics Changes Everything
0 of 31 min
26
Image of Geochemistry to Biochemistry—Raw Materials
Geochemistry to Biochemistry—Raw Materials
0 of 31 min
27
Image of Biomolecules—Select, Concentrate, Assemble
Biomolecules—Select, Concentrate, Assemble
0 of 30 min
28
Image of Why Reproduction? World Enough and Time
Why Reproduction? World Enough and Time
0 of 31 min
29
Image of Eons, Eras, and Strategies of Early Life
Eons, Eras, and Strategies of Early Life
0 of 30 min
30
Image of Red Earth—The Great Oxidation Event
Red Earth—The Great Oxidation Event
0 of 30 min
31
Image of Earliest Microbial and Molecular Fossils?
Earliest Microbial and Molecular Fossils?
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Microbial Mats and Which Minerals Can Form
Microbial Mats and Which Minerals Can Form
0 of 31 min
33
Image of Earth's Greatest Mineral Explosion
Earth's Greatest Mineral Explosion
0 of 31 min
34
Image of The Boring Billion? Cratons and Continents
The Boring Billion? Cratons and Continents
0 of 31 min
35
Image of The Supercontinent Cycle
The Supercontinent Cycle
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Feedback Loops and Tipping Points
Feedback Loops and Tipping Points
0 of 29 min
37
Image of Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth
Snowball Earth and Hothouse Earth
0 of 30 min
38
Image of The Second Great Oxidation Event
The Second Great Oxidation Event
0 of 30 min
39
Image of Deep Carbon—Deep Life, Fuels, and Methane
Deep Carbon—Deep Life, Fuels, and Methane
0 of 30 min
40
Image of Biominerals and Early Animals
Biominerals and Early Animals
0 of 31 min
41
Image of Between Rodinia and Pangaea—Plants on Land
Between Rodinia and Pangaea—Plants on Land
0 of 30 min
42
Image of Life Speeds Up—Oxygen and Climate Swings
Life Speeds Up—Oxygen and Climate Swings
0 of 30 min
43
Image of From the “Great Dying
From the “Great Dying" to Dinosaurs
0 of 31 min
44
Image of Impact! From Dinosaurs to Mammals
Impact! From Dinosaurs to Mammals
0 of 32 min
45
Image of Humans and the Anthropocene Epoch
Humans and the Anthropocene Epoch
0 of 32 min
46
Image of The Next 5 Billion Years
The Next 5 Billion Years
0 of 31 min
47
Image of The Nearer Future
The Nearer Future
0 of 31 min
48
Image of Coevolution of Geosphere and Biosphere
Coevolution of Geosphere and Biosphere
0 of 40 min

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