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Mechanical Energy before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?

Version 1 : Received: 28 April 2019 / Approved: 29 April 2019 / Online: 29 April 2019 (07:51:38 CEST)

How to cite: Hansma, H.G. Mechanical Energy before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?. Preprints 2019, 2019040320 Hansma, H.G. Mechanical Energy before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?. Preprints 2019, 2019040320

Abstract

Forces and mechanical energy are prevalent in living cells. This may be because forces and mechanical energy preceded chemical energy at life’s origins. Mechanical energy is more readily available in non-living systems than the various other forms of energy used by living systems. Two possible prebiotic environments that might have provided mechanical energy are hot pools that experience wet/dry cycles and mica sheets as they move, open and shut, as heat pumps or in response to water movements.

Subject Areas

origin of life; origins of life; mechanical energy; work; entropic forces; mica; biotite; Muscovite; wet/dry cycles; clay

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