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World's "oldest water" found ?

Posted on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Scientists have found evidence of water in Africa that may have been isolated for millions of years.

Deep saline groundwater in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin was found to have properties suggesting its isolation for large periods of time. "We concluded that the deeper waters were the product of isolation and extensive chemical interaction between water and rock over incredibly long geological time scales," says professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar, part of the research team.

"New evidence bolsters the notion that deep saline groundwaters in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin may have remained isolated for many thousands, perhaps even millions, of years."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Gaden on 23 February, 2011, 20:49
The Oceans are the worlds oldest water, sinse the dawn of the Earth. The oceans' water is constantly evaporating and ends up as clouds. It is replenished by rain, rivers and ice melt, so no, ocean water is not old. The water referred to in the article is isolated, meaning it has not gone through that cycle.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Avant on 24 February, 2011, 0:48
I wonder what it tastes like?
Comment icon #9 Posted by aquatus1 on 24 February, 2011, 1:24
Probably flat.
Comment icon #10 Posted by danielost on 24 February, 2011, 2:39
I wonder what it tastes like? water goes bad over time. which is why the old time sailors would carry rum with them. the longer the trip took the more rum was poured into the water barrol so they could stand to drink the water. i dont know about this water, but after 2 billion years i would think it is undrinkable.
Comment icon #11 Posted by UFO_Monster on 24 February, 2011, 3:31
water goes bad over time. which is why the old time sailors would carry rum with them. the longer the trip took the more rum was poured into the water barrol so they could stand to drink the water. i dont know about this water, but after 2 billion years i would think it is undrinkable. Not to mention, ground water can stink in some places. After being around for that long, it must reek.
Comment icon #12 Posted by StarChild 83 on 24 February, 2011, 4:44
I wonder how long before someone tries to bottle it and sell it for an insane amount of money.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Joseph Mellow on 1 March, 2011, 19:54
yeah, it must be different from regular water now. i wouldnt drink it
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mycologist on 2 March, 2011, 3:29
Oh great, so this is where the zombie apocalypse virus comes from.. time to find my crowbar and mag light.
Comment icon #15 Posted by SpiderCyde on 2 March, 2011, 14:11
What would it take for any of you to drink it? Anybody drink a 4oz glass for say...$100?
Comment icon #16 Posted by on 6 March, 2011, 3:11
Probably flat. *slow clap* But on a side note, I thought one of the reasons why water becomes undrinkable after a while is that it becomes a breeding ground for micro organisms and the like. If the water hasn't been in the system, so to speak for that amount of time, wouldn't it not have had the opportunity for it to be stagnant?

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