Chapter 2: Origins of Life on Gaus

On the surface of the young planet the daily thunderstorms were beginning to make their mark as the rain and lightning continued their daily assault.  Rivers of water and debris such as silt continued non-stop as primordial oceans were beginning to come into existance. The turbulent rivers of water and silt included salt crystals that were being leeched out of the crust and carried to the growing oceans. The oceans which started out as fresh bodies of water became more and more saline as the mineral rich floodwaters continually flowed into them. At the same time, there were other chemical processes from the numerous lightning flashes that continually crackled among the clouds and occasionally

Now that the water had cooled enough to permit life to begin the process of development, there was another player that entered the scene. The numerous lightning flashes now started adding anther player to the volatile atmosphere of Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Sulfur compounds and Methane that swirled about on the young planet and rained down upon the oceans and other bodies of water.  Amino acids and other chemicals (the result of  thousands of lightning flashes) slowly rained down upon the oceans, lakes, and other numerous bodies of water creating the beginnings of a sort of ancient chemical soup. This chemical soup was a random hodgepodge of chemicals in salt and freshwater. Something else was needed that would get the ball rolling. And it was in the unseen magical world that this would happen. In the invisible magical world, there was creation and destruction. 

At the very smallest molecular and atomic levels, particles would disappear and reappear. It was about this time in the planet’s history that primitive magical and energy streams from this invisible world began to slowly manifest out of the chaos of the primitive planet. It had a definite cause as though some higher power gave it a definite push and then let it proceed on its own while the creator simply sat back and watched it unfold.  This self-directed magical and energy streams slowly flowed upon the bottom of the oceans and lakes. These streams were mindless and ordered by themselves. Every so often the  head of the stream would react with the chemical soup and produce little flashes like underwater lightning. As the energy streams continued to slowly flow on the lake and ocean floors, chemical molecules got rolled over, pummeled, broken up, and mashed together.  In the invisible world of creation and destruction at the atomic and molecular levels, a new kind of particle arose between the between the energy streams and the outside environment. This particle was hungry for the chemical soup in which it arose and attracted towards similar particles that arose. These particles soon clumped together to form chemical eating crystalline structures. The threshold between absolute non-life and semi-life had now been crossed. As more and more of these crystalline structures developed, some of them would settle to the bottom while others floated among the deep sea currents. Even though the planet was still young, the volcanic activity had at least settled down to a relatively stable surface that was conducive to the beginning of life and its evolution forward. As the oceans continued to grow, depressions on the ocean floor caused underground lakes of concentrated primordial soup to accumulate.  In these unique environments, evolution kicked into high gear as virus like particles and finally primitive bacteria started to evolve. These primitive bacteria fed off of the chemical mixture in their environment. Planet Gaus had now crossed the threshold for supporting life. Primitive one-celled plant-like cells also appeared and started to colonize the warmer waters exposed to sunlight. Some of the shallow lakes became a rich colony of primitive bacteria and protozoa swimming among the debris. 

Simple molds also started to evolve from colonies of primitive one-celled organisms and bacteria. In the shallow waters, colonies of primitive one-celled plants were slowly starting to creep on land leaving a covering of green slime on the rocks. The decomposing slime washed back into the water releasing more nutrients to the microscopic feeders that drifted among the shallow currents. Small bits and pieces occasionally gently drifted to the bottom and broke down to become a part of the environment and furnish nutrients for microscopic bottom dwellers. This evolutionary activity started to diversify due to location (i.e. near the equator or near the poles) and ocean currents that were starting to develop.