What Do We Really Know about the Role of Microorganisms in Iron Sulfide Mineral Formation?

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What Do We Really Know about the Role of Microorganisms in Iron Sulfide Mineral Formation?

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dc.contributor.author Picard, Aude A
dc.contributor.author Gartman, Amy
dc.contributor.author Girguis, Peter R.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-08T16:28:05Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Picard, Aude, Amy Gartman, and Peter R. Girguis. 2016. What Do We Really Know About the Role of Microorganisms in Iron Sulfide Mineral Formation? Front. Earth Sci. 4. doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00068. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2296-6463 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:30653602
dc.description.abstract Iron sulfide mineralization in low-temperature systems is a result of biotic and abiotic processes, though the delineation between these two modes of formation is not always straightforward. Here we review the role of microorganisms in the precipitation of extracellular iron sulfide minerals. We summarize the evidence that links sulfur-metabolizing microorganisms and sulfide minerals in nature and we present a critical overview of laboratory-based studies of the nucleation and growth of iron sulfide minerals in microbial cultures. We discuss whether biologically derived minerals are distinguishable from abiotic minerals, possessing attributes that are uniquely diagnostic of biomineralization. These inquiries have revealed the need for additional thorough, mechanistic and high-resolution studies to understand microbially mediated formation of a variety of sulfide minerals across a range of natural environments. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Organismic and Evolutionary Biology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media SA en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00068 en_US
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dc.title What Do We Really Know about the Role of Microorganisms in Iron Sulfide Mineral Formation? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
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dc.relation.journal Frontiers in Earth Science en_US
dash.depositing.author Girguis, Peter R.
dc.date.available 2017-03-08T16:28:05Z

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