After discovering 1.5 billion-year-old water three years back, the same group of Canadian Geoscientists has uncovered world’s oldest water source in Kidd Creek Mine. A team of geoscientists from the University of Toronto has made a remarkable discovery of two-billion-years-old water in a mine in Ontario, which has now triggered the possibility of several new findings of the ancient life on Earth alongside the other planets. The scientists while conducting a research found the prehistoric water at a depth of 2.4 km (1.5 miles) in Kidd Creek Mine. Kidd Creek Mine is situated at Timmins, Ontario. The water is two-billion-year-old water and is believed to be the oldest H2O ever discovered on earth.
The research was co-led by geoscientist Oliver War and his colleagues. The findings are represented by Oliver at an American Geophysical Union summit held in San Francisco, earlier this week. In addition, the complete reports of these results will be published in a future edition of the journal ‘Nature’.
To summon up, three years back, in 2013, the same team of researchers have unearthed 1.5 billion-year-old water in a mine site of active copper, zinc, and silver. However, at that time, the water found in a shallower depth, and with the hope to find more clues, the researchers decided to go deeper of the location.
And after three years, the group now have found the source of water that dates back around 2.5 billion years. The discovery had spilt light on the possibility of exploring how ancient lives were used to be in the duration when the earth was just 2.5 billion years old. Surprisingly, rather than being the water of such a long pre-historic time, the water was liberally streaming, without any embedment inside the rock formations.
While discussing on this matter, the geochemist of the University of Taranto, Barbara Sherwood Lollar commented to BBC. “The water surprisingly is flowing at rates of multiple litres per minute which is much faster than we were previously assumed.”
The scientists also confirmed that the recently discovered water is well-off in dissolved elements like helium, neon, argon and others components which can be used to gauge the age of the rock. Moreover, the geoscientists also confirmed that the ancient water is around eight times saltier than of the current sea water. R, one of the researchers has confirmed that, drinking it wouldn’t be poisonous, though the taste would be “sickening.”