The current views on the origin of life on Earth are discussed briefly, with special emphasis on the chemical evolution of the Earth’s primitive atmosphere which was the opening step towards the origin of life. The various forms of shock-waves in the atmosphere: Thunder, meteorite shocks and explosive volcanic eruptions are shown to have been of major importance in the atmospheric evolution, because of their very high efficiency in changing the atmospheric composition and in the formation of the building blocks of life.

The Document

 Shock Waves and the Origin of Life, January 1977 [45 Pages, 5.2MB]

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