(ORDO NEWS) — In 2016, deep inside a Canadian mine, researchers made an impressive discovery: they discovered the world’s oldest pool of water. At a depth of about 3 km was water, which is an impressive 2 billion years old.
The discovery pushed back the earliest known water by at least 500 million years. The previous record belonged to water resources found in the same mine in 2013 at a depth of about 2.5 kilometers.
And the miners helped in this discovery, who, in search of minerals, dug deeper and deeper underground. So the most ancient water was found. To understand the real age of the reservoir, scientists examined gases such as helium and xenon.
Moreover, the vast age of water is not the only important discovery. When the researchers analyzed the liquid, they found traces of life in it. While they have yet to find actual living bacteria, what they found was, in fact, a fingerprint of life.
From this, they can deduce that some form of microbiology has existed in the water for a very long period of time.
And the fact that something could survive and really thrive in such old water and so deep in the bowels of the Earth is a very important discovery for the scientific world.
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