Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Solid Earth, 9, 573–598, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-573-2018
Solid Earth, 9, 573–598, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-9-573-2018

Research article 04 May 2018

Research article | 04 May 2018

Sedimentary mechanisms of a modern banded iron formation on Milos Island, Greece

Ernest Chi Fru et al.

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Banded iron formations (BIFs) are chemical sediments last seen in the marine sedimentary record ca. 600 million years ago. Here, we report on the formation mechanisms of a modern BIF analog in the Cape Vani sedimentary basin (CVSB) on Milos Island, Greece, demonstrating that rare environmental redox conditions, coupled to submarine hydrothermal activity and microbial processes, are required for these types of rocks to form in the modern marine biosphere.