Anomalous supply of bioessential molybdenum in mid-Proterozoic surface environments

John Parnell, Paula Lindgren

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Granites aged 1.9 Ga to 1.5 Ga exhibit molybdenite mineralization globally. Sandstones deposited during the mid-Proterozoic have a provenance dominated by 1.9 to 1.7 Ga basement. The mid-Proterozoic surface environment was, consequently, receiving detritus from the molybdenum-rich granites. Thus there was a supply of molybdenum available in terrestrial or shallow marine environments at a time when molybdenum was required to support the evolution of multicellular life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalPrecambrian Research
Early online date2 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Bibliographical note

We are grateful to A. Sandison and W. Thayalon for skilled technical support, and Mike Porter and an anonymous reviewer, who helped to clarify the manuscript.


  • molybdenum
  • molybdenite
  • proterozoic
  • provenance
  • evolution


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