A Lightning Burst Of Chemistry

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Made up of a highly reduced form of phosphorus and iron, schreibersite is a compound that’s important to the formation of life. As regular phosphorus binds quite strongly with oxygen, the highly reduced form in schreibersite was the only way for phosphorus to be freed up for use in other compounds, like those necessary for early life. Once thought to be from meteorites, research shows that schreibersite forms on Earth after the heat of a lightning strike hitting the ground breaks up the phosphorus and oxygen bonds, freeing them up. Read full article here

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