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The origin issue is a much more recent debate. Researchers also are exploring the link between plate tectonics and the evolution of complex life. Fortuitously timed continental collisions and mountain smackdowns may well have supplied crucial nutrients at key moments of biological inventiveness, like the legendary Cambrian explosion of million years ago, when the ancestors of modern life forms appeared.
The origin and implications of plate tectonics were the subject of a recent meeting and themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The answers could well guide our search for life and habitable planets beyond the solar system. Robert Stern, a geoscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, argues that if we are looking for another planet to colonise, we want to avoid ones with signs of plate tectonic activity. The idea that continents are not fixed but rather peregrinate around the globe dates back several centuries, when mapmakers began noticing the complementarity of various land masses — for example, the way the northeast bulge of South America looks as if it could fit snugly in the cupped palm of the southwest coast of Africa.
At large fissures on the ocean floor, melting rock from the underlying mantle rises up, adding to the oceanic plates. The movement shakes off into the frigidity of space the vast internal heat that the planet has stored since its violent formation. And while shifting, crumbling plates may seem inherently unreliable, a poor foundation on which to raise a family, the end result is a surprising degree of stability.
Unfortunately for geologists, the very nature of plate tectonics obscures its biography. Oceanic crust, where the telltale mantle exchange zones are located, is recycled through the upwelling and subducting pipeline every million years or so, which means hard evidence of tectonic origins was destroyed long ago. Continental crust is older, and rocks dating back more than 4 billion years have been identified in places like Jack Hills, Australia. Nevertheless, geoscientists are doing their best with extant rocks, models and laboratory experiments to sketch out possible tectonic timelines.
At that point, he says, most of the water on Earth — delivered by comets — would still be on the surface, with little of it having found its way into the mantle. The heat convecting up through the mantle would exert a stronger force on dry rocks than on rocks that were lubricated. At the same time, the surface water would make it easier for the hot, twisting rocks beneath to crack the surface lid apart, rather as a sprinkling of water from the tap eases the task of popping ice cubes from a tray.
The cracking open of the surface lid, Korenaga says, is key to getting the almighty subduction engine started. On the opposite end of the origins debate is Stern, who argues that plate tectonics is a mere billion years old or less, and that Earth spent its first 3. As evidence of the youthfulness of the plate regimen, Stern points to two classes of rocks: ophiolites and blueschist.
Ophiolites are pieces of oceanic crust atop bits of underlying mantle that have made their way onto land and thus have escaped the relentless recycling of oceanic crust. Recent research has shown that ophiolites are not just any slice of oceanic crust, Stern says, but rather were formed by the forces of subduction. Nearly all ophiolites are less than 1 billion years old, he adds, while the most ancient blueschists, found in China, are just million years old.
No ophiolites, no blueschists, no evidence of subduction or plate tectonics. Most geologists opt for a middle ground. Significantly, that chronology decouples plate tectonics from the origin of life on Earth: evidence of the earliest single-celled organisms dates back more than 3. Nevertheless, scientists view plate tectonics as vital to the sustained evolution of that primordial life. The movement kept a steady supply of water shuttling between mantle and crust, rather than gradually evaporating from the surface.
It blocked the dangerous buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by sucking excess carbon from the ocean and subducting it underground. It shook up mountains and pulverised rocks, freeing up essential minerals and nutrients like phosphorus, oxygen and nitrogen for use in the growing carnival of life. You need to break continents and continental shelves apart, and separate one ocean from another, for speciation to occur. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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