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Early ‘Soda Lakes’ May Have Provided Missing Ingredient Key to the Origin of Life

by Laura Geggel, Live Science

This mineral was scarce yet necessary for early life.

The first life-forms on Earth needed a pu pu platter of ingredients to exist, but one of those ingredients, the mineral phosphorus, has long puzzled scientists. No one knew how phosphorus, one of the six main chemical elements of life, became plentiful enough on early Earth for life to burst forth.

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