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UMaine Today Magazine

On the Cover

May / June 2006

May / June 2006 Cover
Illustration by Carol Nichols

It was an idea inspired by the mudflats of Maine more than a decade ago. In a paper published in Chemical Geology in 1994 dealing with the composition of marine sediments, University of Maine Oceanographer Larry Mayer made an important connection between the burial of organic matter and the presence of clays.

Through a recent collaboration with geologists from the University of California - Riverside, his discovery has been put into a worldwide context, providing a perspective on how multicellular life could have begun on this planet or any other.







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