Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Research article
13 Apr 2018
Research article |  | 13 Apr 2018

The extant shore platform stromatolite (SPS) facies association: a glimpse into the Archean?

Alan Smith, Andrew Cooper, Saumitra Misra, Vishal Bharuth, Lisa Guastella, and Riaan Botes

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Growing shore-platform stromatolites are increasingly found on modern rocky coasts. Stromatolites are very similar to Archean and Proterozoic stromatolites. A study of modern stromatolites may shed light on the conditions that existed on the early Earth and other planets and possibly provide information on how life began.
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