3-Billion-Yr-Old Ancient Water Tastes Salty Scientist Says

 

 

” A team of scientists recently reported finding an ancient pocket of water flowing nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Earth. A member of the team Barbara Sherwood Lollar has admitted tasting the water and describes it as “terribly salty.”

 
The water dating back billions of years may predate the emergence of complex life forms on Earth and may give clues about the origin of life. It was found flowing through fractures in 2.7-billion-year-old sulphide deposits in a copper and zinc mine near Timmins, Ontario, about 7,875 feet beneath the Earth’s surface.
 
According to the team of scientists in a paper titled “Deep fracture fluids isolated in the crust since the Precambrian era,” published in the journal Nature on May 15, 2013, the “fluids… can be billions of years old and preserve a record of the fluid chemistry and environment at the time of mineralization.”

 

The team of scientists from the universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Toronto and McMaster, analyzing the water isolated beneath the surface of the Earth for billions of years have described it as being like “trapped time capsules.”

 

The scientists say the water is at least 1.5 billion years old and may be even much older, dating back to the time of the formation of the rocks holding it. Nature reports that the scientists were able to determine that the water was at least 1.5 billion years old based on an analysis of the isotopes of natural gases in the water.”