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Entropy, Volume 19, Issue 1 (January 2017)
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Cover Story What are the chemical and physical conditions that make the emergence of life possible? One of the [...] Read more. What are the chemical and physical conditions that make the emergence of life possible? One of the central issues is that organic compounds would have been highly dilute in the primordial ocean so that reactions to more complex molecules could not take place. The accumulation of formamide in hydrothermal pores was shown to yield concentrations high enough to allow reactions to prebiotic molecules. A heuristic model explains the accumulation mechanism observed in numeric calculations.