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
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.