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Comment on “Abiotic Pyrite Formation Produces a Large Fe Isotope Fractionation”

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Science  03 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6068, pp. 538
DOI: 10.1126/science.1211804

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Guilbaud et al. (Reports, 24 June 2011, p. 1548) suggest that the geologic record of Fe isotope fractionation can be explained by abiological precipitation of pyrite. We argue that a detailed understanding of the depositional setting, mineralogy, and geologic history of Precambrian sedimentary rocks indicates that the Fe isotope record dominantly reflects biological fractionations and Fe redox processes.

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