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Seafloor Chemistry: Life's building blocks made inorganically

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12:22pm, January 30, 2008

Hydrocarbons in the fluids spewing from a set of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor of the central Atlantic were produced by inorganic chemical reactions within the ocean crust, scientists suggest. The finding holds possibly profound implications for the origins of life.

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