Journal article

A transmission electron microscopy study of silica and kerogen biosignatures in-1.9 Ga gunflint microfossils

JW Moreau, TG Sharp

ASTROBIOLOGY | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2004

Abstract

Microfossils preserved in chert from the;1.9 Ga Gunflint Formation (Schreiber Beach, Ontario, Canada) were studied with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and analytical TEM (ATEM). Our goals were to uncover the style of silicification relative to the distribution of organic matter, and to evaluate the distribution and evolution of organic matter, at submicroscopic spatial scales. Petrographically the microfossils typically display filamentous or coccoidal morphologies, and consist of quartz crystals surrounded by kerogen along grain boundaries. ATEM analysis revealed that quartz associated with kerogen consists of 200-500nm-sized, round crystallites, whereas the chert matrix is comprise..

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