Older than “Oldest Water Found” in Canada – Unfolds mystery about Life on Earth

“Where there is life there is hope” – it has been an important quote we use to deliver anything significant about “hope”. Similarly a biological mystery was brought near at Canada where scientists had came for the oldest water, has given much more insights about even older deposits.

Back in 2013, a research team which was led by scientists from University of Toronto found water that was about a billion years of old from depth of 2.4 Km at Timmins mine. But the research findings from much beyond 2.4 Kms have insights of water which is about 2billion years older.

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Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar (Image: Sherwood Lollar Research Group)

In an interview with BBC News Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar who led this investigation said, “When people think about this water they assume it must be some tiny amount of water trapped within the rock. But in fact it’s very much bubbling right up out at you. These things are flowing at rates of litres per minute – the volume of the water is much larger than anyone anticipated.”

 

This new investigation was carried out at a depth of about 3Km.

The research holds its importance to unfold the unique insight about the history of Earth and the origin of life. The chemical traces left behind by microbes that once lived in historic era can also unveil many mysteries.

“By looking at the sulphate in the water, we were able to see a fingerprint that’s indicative of the presence of life,” said Prof Lollar.

Apart from this amazing discovery, such important findings of watery sites on Earth can provide clues about life which might present elsewhere within the Solar System.

Read More:

World’s oldest water gets even older. BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38311781

Two-billion-year-old water found in Canada. The Weather Network. https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/two-billion-year-old-water-found-in-canada/77056/

 

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About Saumyadip

Science Communicator and Biologist. Keep interests in host-pathogen interaction research. Specifically bacterial infection mechanism, host infection evasion and immune susceptibility of host. PhD student at Academia Sinica Molecular and Cell Biology, Taiwan
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