Geological fullerenes: Review and analysis

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Fullerenes have been reported from numerous terrestrial and meteoritic sources, but only at low concentrations. The occurrences are associated with localized energetic events such as lightning, impacts of extraterrestrial objects, and wildfires. Great interest has also been generated by a series of papers that report noble gases with anomalous isotopic compositions encapsulated within fullerenes. In spite of all of the published work, many unresolved questions remain about the identity and formation of fullerenes in geological environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-792
Number of pages12
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 15 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbonaceous chondrites
  • Fullerenes
  • K-T boundary
  • Noble gases
  • Onaping Formation
  • Permian-Triassic boundary
  • Shungite
  • Sudbury structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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