1.2 billion year old groundwater is among the oldest on the planet

1.2 billion year old groundwater is among the oldest on the planet

The groundwater that was recently discovered deep in a mine in South Africa is estimated to be 1.2 billion years old. The researchers suspect that the groundwater is among the oldest on the planet and that its chemical interactions with the surrounding rock could offer new insights into energy production and storage in the Earth’s crust.

In fact, Oliver Warr, a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto in Canada and lead author of a new study on groundwater discovery, described the location in a statement as a “box of Pandora’s helium-and-hydrogen-producing energy.”

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