Sulfur diagenesis in everglades peat and origin of pyrite in coal

  • Altschuler Z
  • Schnepfe M
  • Silber C
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Abstract

The pattern of sulfur transformation in peat across the Everglades basin indicates that pyrite formation in organic-rich swamps depends on the use of organic oxysulfur compounds in dissimilatory respiration by sulfur-reducing bacteria. This paragenesis explains the primary distribution of sulfur compounds in low-sulfur coals and possibly in most coals and many organic-rich soils and sediments. It also accounts for the occurrence of framboidal pyrite bound in fossil tissue in coal and sediments.

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Authors

  • Z. S. Altschuler

  • M. M. Schnepfe

  • C. C. Silber

  • F. O. Simon

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