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article imageWorld's oldest water discovered in Canadian mine

By Katerina Nikolas     May 17, 2013 in Environment
Timmins - Scientists have discovered ancient pockets of water thought to be at least 1.5 billion years old, deep underground in a zinc and copper mine in Canada.
The ancient water was obtained from drilling crystalline rocks estimated to be 2.7 billion years old. It was discovered at a depth of 2.4 kms beneath a mine in Timmins. CBC reported the find is the oldest aquifer ever found and the water may host primitive life forms.
The water was found to contain dissolved gases, a mixture of hydrogen, methane, nitrogen and helium, making the water too salty to drink.
The discovery was made by a team of Canadian and British scientists who published a paper entitled "Deep fracture fluids isolated in the crust since the Precambrian era" in the journal Nature.
Co-author of the study, Professor Chris Ballentine of the University of Manchester, said:
"The study has consequences for our understanding of how early life on Earth may have migrated into these kinds of environments and been protected from cataclysmic events at the surface" the BBC reported.
Ballentine added: "And being completely speculative, on somewhere like Mars, where the surface may have been habitable in its early history, water could have percolated into deep environments and been preserved on planetary timescales."
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