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Observations on the role of microbes in nontronite mineralization

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This manuscript presents textural, microbiological and geochemical characteristics of hydrothermal nontronite deposits from a recently discovered vent field at the South Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The authors aim to resolve whether microorganisms play a role in nontronite mineralization and determine how nontronites relate to co-occurring iron- and manganese-oxides. By combining textural, geochemical and molecular data, the paper has the potential to provide new insights into the origin of nontronite deposits in seafloor hydrothermal settings.