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From the origin of Earth's volatiles to atmospheric oxygenation

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙498˙353 €
 EC max contribution 1˙498˙353 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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 Project objective

Aim of this project is to understand the connection between endogenic and exogenic processes of our planet that led to the redox contrast between Earth’s surface and interior. For this purpose the time constraints on atmospheric oxygenation can be refined and for the first time linked with a new approach to Earth’s endogenic processes like plate tectonics, mantle melting, volcanism, continent formation and subduction-related sediment- and crust recycling. These objectives will be achieved by using the unique geochemical capabilities of the selenium (Se) isotope system to unlock the geological record of changing oxygen fugacities in the mantle-crust-atmosphere reservoirs. The power of the Se isotope system lies in its redox sensitivity and in the volatile and highly siderophile/chalcophile character of elemental Se. This links Se to the evolution of other volatiles during key geological processes from Earth formation ca. 4.5 Ga ago until today. The occurrence and behavior of Se is fully controlled by accessory micrometric sulfide minerals in the silicate Earth, which may conserve their original Se isotopic signatures over large geological timescales and can be dated via the 187Re-187Os geochronometer. This offers high resolutions in time and space that are groundbreaking for research on Earth System Oxygenation. Covering Earth geologic history, new high-precision Se isotope data of the sedimentary and representative mantle-derived magmatic rock record from all major plate tectonic settings will be combined with the mineral-scale record of robust and global “time capsules” such as diamond inclusions. Once the evolution into todays dynamic Earth’s Redox System is understood, the investigation will be pushed back in time to Earth’s formation. This involves a reconciliation of the meteoritic and Archean rock and mineral-scale Se isotope record to constrain the origin of volatiles essential for the oceans, generation of an atmosphere and development of life on our planet.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 María Isabel Varas-Reus, Stephan König, Aierken Yierpan, Jean-Pierre Lorand, Ronny Schoenberg
Selenium isotopes as tracers of a late volatile contribution to Earth from the outer Solar System
published pages: , ISSN: 1752-0894, DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0414-7
Nature Geoscience 2019-08-29
2017 Timon Kurzawa, Stephan König, Jabrane Labidi, Aierken Yierpan, Ronny Schoenberg
A method for Se isotope analysis of low ng-level geological samples via double spike and hydride generation MC-ICP-MS
published pages: 219-228, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.06.012
Chemical Geology 466 2019-05-27
2018 J. Labidi, S. König, T. Kurzawa, A. Yierpan, R. Schoenberg
The selenium isotopic variations in chondrites are mass-dependent; Implications for sulfide formation in the early solar system
published pages: 212-222, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.032
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 481 2019-05-27
2015 Banning H, Stelling M, Koenig S, Schoenberg R, Neumann T
Preparing Biological Samples for Organic Sensitive Se Isotope Analytics – Validation of Various Approaches
published pages: 196, ISSN: , DOI:
Goldschmidt Abstracts 2015 2019-05-27
2016 Jabrane Labidi, N.R. Bennett, Stephan Koenig, Timon Kurzawa, Ronny Schoenberg, Anat Shahar
Exploring the stable selenium isotope signature of core formation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2018 Helena Banning, Monika Stelling, Stephan König, Ronny Schoenberg, Thomas Neumann
Preparation and purification of organic samples for selenium isotope studies
published pages: e0193826, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0193826
PLOS ONE 13/3 2019-05-27
2016 Stephan König, Martin Wille, Andrea Voegelin, Ronny Schoenberg
Molybdenum isotope systematics in subduction zones
published pages: 95-102, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.04.033
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 447 2019-05-27
2018 Martin Wille, Oliver Nebel, Thomas Pettke, Pieter Z. Vroon, Stephan König, Ronny Schoenberg
Molybdenum isotope variations in calc-alkaline lavas from the Banda arc, Indonesia: Assessing the effect of crystal fractionation in creating isotopically heavy continental crust
published pages: , ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.02.037
Chemical Geology 2019-05-27
2018 Aierken Yierpan, Stephan König, Jabrane Labidi, Timon Kurzawa, Michael G. Babechuk, Ronny Schoenberg
Chemical Sample Processing for Combined Selenium Isotope and Selenium-Tellurium Elemental Investigation of the Earth\'s Igneous Reservoirs
published pages: , ISSN: 1525-2027, DOI: 10.1002/2017GC007299
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2018 2019-05-27
2016 Stephan Koenig, Jabrane Labidi, Timon Kurzawa, Aierken Yierpan, Ronny Schoenberg
Selenium isotope potential to study Earth’s volatile origin and evolution
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Timon Kurzawa, Stephan Koenig, Jabrane Labidi, Ronny Schoenberg
Accurate stable Se isotopic determinations of ultra-low Se materials with HG-MC-ICP-MS
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Aierkenn Yierpan, Stephan Koenig, jabrane Labidi, Florian Huber, Timon Kurzawa, Ronny Schoenberg
The elemental S-Se-Te and Se isotopic signature of MORB
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Moritz Lissner F. Landgraf Thomas Nagel Stephan Koenig Ambre Luguet
Mineralogical insights on the HSE-Se-Te behaviour during subduction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Jabrane Labidi, Stephan Koenig, Timnon Kurzawa, Ronny Schoenberg,
The stable selenium isotopic composition of chondrites
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Jabrane Labidi Stephan Koenig Neil Bennett Timon Kurzawa Erpan Aierken Anat Shahar Ronny Schoenberg
Testing the Late-Veneer hypothesis with selenium isotopes
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
American geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016 AGU Fall Meeting 2016 2019-05-27
2016 Florian Huber, Stephan Koenig, Michael Babechuk, Ronny Schoenberg
Systematics of S-Se-Te in ocean island basalts
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Highly Siderophile Element Geochemistry Workshop 4th HSE workshop 2016 2019-05-27
2019 Aierken Yierpan, Stephan König, Jabrane Labidi, Ronny Schoenberg
Selenium isotope and S-Se-Te elemental systematics along the Pacific-Antarctic ridge: Role of mantle processes
published pages: 199-224, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.01.028
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 249 2019-04-18
2019 Timon Kurzawa, Stephan König, Jeffrey C. Alt, Aierken Yierpan, Ronny Schoenberg
The role of subduction recycling on the selenium isotope signature of the mantle: Constraints from Mariana arc lavas
published pages: , ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.03.011
Chemical Geology 2019-04-18
2019 Cabral A.R., Zack T., König S.
Distinguishing high from low temperature platinum nuggets through their trace element pattern
published pages: , ISSN: 0361-0128, DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.2019.4627
Economic Geology 2019-04-18
2019 Stephan König, Benjamin Eickmann, Thomas Zack, Aierken Yierpan, Martin Wille, Heinrich Taubald, Ronny Schoenberg
Redox induced sulfur-selenium isotope decoupling recorded in pyrite
published pages: 24-39, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2018.09.013
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 244 2019-04-16

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