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What are banded iron formations and what do they tell us about the evolution of Earth's atmosphere over geologic time?

Dec 27th, 2014

Banded iron formations are units of sedimentary rock usually of Precambrian age (1.8 to 2.5 billion years old)

They tells us that there was little free oxygen, and Iron-rich oceans, before these rocks were formed. This translates to the Earth's atmosphere when the iron in the oceans became used up, resulting in the build up of oxygen in the atmosphere.

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