Derby British Science Association

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How life began on Planet Earth

A synopsis from a geologist’s point of view of the origin of life

Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences, Dept. of Geography, Environmental & Earth Science, University of Derby.

Life on Earth is remarkably ancient and began when the planet itself was in its infancy. 3.8 billion years ago, when there was no land and the Earth’s atmosphere contained no oxygen, primitive life emerged in what can only be described as a bleak watery waste. In this talk Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby, will examine the geological evidence for the first appearance of life on Earth. Hugh will draw on his long experience of working with the Earth’s oldest rocks to show how geochemical detective work in Greenland, Australia and in southern Africa have been used to help us understand the origin of life. Old rocks may not however, hold all the answers and the recent exploration of previously uncharted depths of the Earth’s oceans may also be pivotal in unravelling the mysteries of life’s origins.

Tuesday 16th June 2009 -18:45 to 20:00
B102 at University of Derby,
Kedleston Road
Derby
DE22 1GB
See Map link at the top of the page

Free Entry
For further information contact:
Dr Ian Turner
Derbyshire Branch Chair
i.turner@derby.ac.uk

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About Wyken Seagrave

Author of books and websites about the history of the universe including the history of the universe, Time Crystal and many other sites, as listed on his blog.

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