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Life (Basel). 2019 May 16;9(2). pii: E41. doi: 10.3390/life9020041.

Exploring the Kamchatka Geothermal Region in the Context of Life's Beginning.

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Institute for Complex Analysis, 4 Sholom Aleyhem Street, 679016 Birobidzhan, Russia.


This article is a brief review of research in the Kamchatka geothermal region initiated by David Deamer and the author in 1999. Results obtained over the last 20 years are described, including a seminal experiment in which biologically important organic compounds were dispersed in a hot spring to determine their fate. Other investigations include ionic and organic composition of hydrothermal water, the source of hydrothermally generated oil, and pressure-temperature oscillations in hydrothermal systems. The relation of these results to research on the origin of life is discussed.


hydrothermal systems; ionic and organic solutes; origin of life; prebiotic analogues

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