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Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen More Complicated Than Previously Thought
December 1, 2011
The appearance of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere probably did not occur as a single event, but as a long series of starts and stops, according to an international team of researchers who investigated rock cores from the FAR DEEP project.
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