Skip to comments.Some of Earth’s oldest water found
Posted on 06/09/2013 7:06:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
"Old" might not top the list of the adjectives you'd use to describe water, but that could very well change after reading this story: Scientists say they've found water whose age clocks in at no less than 1.5 billion years, making it the oldest cache to have ever been discovered. (As the BBC explains, the only water to top it is "minute quantities" contained in some rock minerals.) Gold miners in Timmins, Ontario, were the ones who uncovered the water while drilling into bedrock; NPR reports that the team behind the discovery had been requesting such samples from a number of mines; a trio of dating techniques revealed this particular water to be remarkable -- between 1.5 billion and 2.6 billion years old. The BBC reports the water likely didn't begin its ancient life 1.5 miles beneath the surface: It would have seeped from above ground through the earth, eventually becoming trapped. As a geochemist involved in the study explains, "The fluids that we see now are actually preservations of ancient oceans." But that may not be the most interesting part: The water, which contains a good deal of hydrogen, could hold ancient life, too, and the scientists are currently testing samples to see if that's the case. And if it is, that could fuel hope that the same kind of life persists on Mars, which was once covered in oceans as well.
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There was a “Northern Exposure” episode about something like this.
It did not end well.
Comming to us soon at $199.95 a bottle.
Wouldn’t most of the water today have been formed at the same time when the hydrogen was initially oxidized?
What am I missing here?
This obviously proves life on mars. It also explains the price of eggs in China.
How would one distinguish one particular molecule of H20 from another molecule of H2O?
Something else for the islamics to p*ss in.
Timmins, Ont., I wonder if thats why Shania Twain has a great voice.
This ancient water contains a great deal of hydrogen. (Otherwise it might be something else.)
Since water moves, I would say that where it is, is not necessarily where it was.
It might explain her torso.
The oldest water in the world is in bottles on the bottom shelf at the local bodega.
How old is it? Who knows? The labels fell off before the present manager took over a couple of years ago.
“Wouldnt most of the water today have been formed at the same time when the hydrogen was initially oxidized?”
The answer is no, water molecules are constantly being destroyed and recreated by a wide variety of inorganic and organic chemical reactions. When the younger water molecules are recreated using younger isotopes of oxygen, the new water molecules acquire a younger isotopic signature. To retain the older isotopic signature, a water molecule must be isolated in an environment in which the molecule remains unchanged and retains the its original atoms.
That’s the same question I ask about what separates CO2 man-made versus nature’s-made. Some unique marker attached? LOL
Just add a couple of drops of that flavoring stuff and it will be fine.
A molecule of water can only have so much hydrogen in it. As I recall, 2:1 ratio with oxygen.
And what do the Pakistanies know about Canadian water anyhow?