Study of Archaean prokaryotic mat ecology, Belingwe Belt, Zimbabwe

Dataset description

This proposal is to study archaean ecology, and in particular the early nitrogen cycle, by using new high resolution laser stable isotope techniques and REE geochemistry to investigate the geochemical and isotopic fingerprints of prokaryotic life. The intention is to use extremely well preserved 2.7-3.0 ga old biologically-formed rocks (carbon-sulphur mat deposits, stromatolites, and carbon-rich shales) from Belingwe, Zimbabwe (including drillcore) and also rocks from Steep Rock, Canada, to identify consortia of bacteria and so map out trophic chains. The results will be interpreted in the light of RNA phylogeny, to deduce the circumstances in which early anoxygenic and oxygenic photosynthetic communities developed

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Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
NG12 5GG

Tel : +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax :+44 (0)115 936 3276


Dataset details

Author(s) Nisbet, Professor E G
Principal Investigator(s) Nisbet, Professor E G
Earth Sciences
Royal Holloway, University of London
Language English
Curator British Geological Survey
Supply media/format Not available
Storage format Not available
Frequency of update not applicable
Start of capture {ts '1998-12-01 00:00:00'} After 1st December 1998
End of capture {ts '2018-10-18 08:27:32'} Not known
Contact details
Department Enquiries
Organisation British Geological Survey
Address Environmental Science Centre, Nicker Hill, Keyworth
City Nottingham
County Nottinghamshire
Country United Kingdom
Postcode NG12 5GG
Telephone +44 (0)115 936 3143
Fax +44 (0)115 936 3276
Topic category code (ISO) geoscientificInformation (information pertaining to earth sciences)
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Metadata language English
Metadata last updated 20th May 2009
Metadata standard compliance NERC profile of ISO19115:2003
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