Special Issue "Water–Rock Interactions and Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Life’s existence elsewhere in the universe is one of the most profound issues for science, indeed for humanity. Many lines of evidence suggest that habitable environments exist on planets and satellites in our solar system. These environments contain the chemical ingredients that would be necessary to sustain life on Earth—water, carbon, and trace nutrients. The ability to harvest energy, another component necessary for sustaining life, derives from reactions of chemical ingredients, which ultimately come from abiotic sources: rock or atmosphere. The interactions of water with rock and the atmosphere are critical for releasing carbon and nutrients and for mediating energy-evolving reactions.
Life, by asserting itself at the interface between water, rock, and atmosphere, manages its environment and leaves a record of its manipulations in the form of chemical or physical signatures. As life uses the products of water–rock interactions, it changes them into other forms. The rates and sequences of these modifications are tuned by life to maximize the benefit and minimize the cost, sometimes through formation of unstable mineral phases. Water–rock interactions provide a framework to address fundamental questions about the co-evolution of life with its environment, the ability of life to manipulate and manage chemical reactions, and the record left by life of these reactions.
This issue examines the role of water–rock interaction in the search for signatures of life on Earth and, by extrapolation, to other systems. We invite contributions on the role of life in water–rock interactions and on the signatures imparted by these processes. Specific areas include kinetics, isotope exchange, mineralogy, mineral morphology and surface properties, and unstable minerals for nutrient storage and detoxification.
Prof. Nancy W. Hinman
Manuscript Submission Information
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- water–rock interaction
- mineral interfaces
- metastable phases