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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:51 PM

Water found in a deep, isolated reservoir in Timmins, Ont., has been trapped there for 1.5 billion to 2.64 billion years — since around the time the first multicellular life arose on the planet — Canadian and British scientists say.

The water pouring out of boreholes 2.4 kilometres below the surface in the northern Ontario copper and zinc mine is older than any other free-flowing water ever discovered. It is rich in dissolved gases such as hydrogen and methane that could theoretically provide support for microbial life, the researchers report in a paper published Wednesday online in the journal Nature.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:29 PM

Maybe they'll find a new species of micro life.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:05 AM

OH great!  Tell everyone all about it.  It will get polluted in no time...


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:48 PM

They'll bottle it and sell it in 7-11.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:36 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 16 May 2013 - 10:29 PM, said:

Maybe they'll find a new species of micro life.

Hopefully it won't be one that kills us.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:38 PM

View Postdharma warrior, on 17 May 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

They'll bottle it and sell it in 7-11.

Well Nestles was looking for a new souce of spring water for their Poland Springs brand.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:40 PM

View PostLava_Lady, on 17 May 2013 - 10:05 AM, said:

OH great!  Tell everyone all about it.  It will get polluted in no time...

Maybe we'll find out how the water stayed pure for so long and be able to use the knowledge to clean-up the water we poluted.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:46 PM

Nice find!


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

Astounding.. Hopefully we will learn something from it.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:21 PM

First, is new water being created somewhere on the earth's surface and has no connection with this underground reservoir?  Where is this water flowing from and where is it flowing to? Is it isolated from the rest of the world's water? Is it flowing in a sealed area circling in its own isolated space like water in a fish tank? wouldn't you think all of the world and it's water would be the same age? By the way, how do they measure the age of flowing water? Well, enquiring minds want know all the facts and there's not enough info here to think this is a unique find. Hope they write a follow up with more info on this in the near future.

First, is new water being created somewhere on the earth's surface and has no connection with this underground reservoir?  Where is this water flowing from and where is it flowing to? Is it isolated from the rest of the world's water? Is it flowing in a sealed area circling in its own isolated space like water in a fish tank? wouldn't you think all of the world and it's water would be the same age? By the way, how do they measure the age of flowing water? Well, enquiring minds want know all the facts and there's not enough info here to think this is a unique find. Hope they write a follow up with more info on this in the near future.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:31 PM

Hmm hopefully they don't unleash some deadly bacteria while taking samples.  :unsure2:


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:54 PM

I'll take a dozen bottles


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:13 AM

All water has been on earth since the beginning. It just moves around. the earth will never take more water on, nor lose any water. so how do you judge how old water is? you don't. you can judge how old the species living within it. The aquifer is also the oldest source of water as well, hidden below the earth's surface.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:29 AM

Very cool, thanks for the info.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 04:57 PM

View PostAllterspace, on 19 May 2013 - 02:13 AM, said:

All water has been on earth since the beginning. It just moves around. the earth will never take more water on, nor lose any water. so how do you judge how old water is? you don't. you can judge how old the species living within it. The aquifer is also the oldest source of water as well, hidden below the earth's surface.

Well that's simply not true...

Can't help thinking a lot of people watch way too many movies reading this thread.

Interesting find though :tu:

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