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We’ve Discovered The World’s Oldest Source Of Water

1.5 Billion years old. That’s the estimated age of a new source of water discovered in an underground reservoir beneath Ontario, Canada. It’s brimming with gases and other minerals, and likely houses new life forms we’ve yet to discover.

So what’s special about this find? I mean, it’s just water, right? That stuff has been around since before the dinosaurs, so why is this any different? The answer to that question, is that since this water has remained untouched for a billion years, we can study what life was like way, way back in the day, and better understand how our planet was created.

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Here’s a quick video explaining why this scientific breakthrough is important. You also get to learn about the world’s rarest chemical element, so you’re welcome.

Pretty cool, right? Scientists say that this cave of water may actually date back as far as 2.64 billion years. Along with learning more about our own planet, we can also better understand if life on other planets is even possible, as the combination of water, minerals, and gases in this cave is the perfect catalyst for sustaining life.

One planet in particular, Mars, might actually be the closest we’ll ever come to the discovery of extraterrestrial life (although if we ever do find anything, it’ll probably be fossilized microbes), since the planet is widely speculated to have had flowing water at one point. If nothing else, this water reservoir is a looking glass through time into the earth’s past–at least until it becomes tainted by our modern research equipment (don’t mind the cynicism).

We can use our newfound knowledge of the earth to see the damage we’re doing today, although it’s no secret that we haven’t exactly been the greatest of caretakers. This probably won’t be the last ancient discovery we’ll make, so stay tuned for more exciting finds in the future.

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