Saturday, October 21, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

World's "oldest water" found ?

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


Image credit: CC 3.0 NJR ZA

 
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."

  View: Full article

 Source: Science Daily


  Discuss: View comments (16)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
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 when.i.am.queen. 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?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Fear of snakes 'is of evolutionary origin'
10-21-2017
A new study in Germany has suggested that we are born with an innate fear of snakes and spiders.
9.7 million-year-old hominin teeth discovered
10-20-2017
The surprising find has the potential to completely rewrite everything we know of early human history.
Flying insect numbers drop by 75% in 27 years
10-20-2017
A new study has highlighted a huge reduction in the number of flying insects in Germany's nature reserves.
Car appears out of nowhere in puzzling footage
10-20-2017
An intriguing optical illusion has been leaving social media users scratching their heads this week.
Other news in this category
Fear of snakes 'is of evolutionary origin'
Posted 10-21-2017 | 2 comments
A new study in Germany has suggested that we are born with an innate fear of snakes and spiders....
 
When you die you are aware that you are dead
Posted 10-19-2017 | 25 comments
A new study has suggested that the mind can still be active even after the body stops showing signs of life....
 
Google invents an AI that learns on its own
Posted 10-18-2017 | 17 comments
The search giant has developed an artificial intelligence capable of learning without human intervention....
 
Supervolcano could erupt sooner than thought
Posted 10-13-2017 | 9 comments
The enormous supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park could erupt with only a few years' warning....
 
Mystery surrounds giant hole in Antarctica
Posted 10-12-2017 | 3 comments
A hole in the ice larger than the Netherlands has been described by scientists as 'quite remarkable'....
 
Could floating wind farms power the planet ?
Posted 10-10-2017 | 23 comments
Scientists believe that wind farms in the North Atlantic could provide enough electricity to power the world....
 
Pesticides found in 75 percent of all honey
Posted 10-7-2017 | 11 comments
Scientists made the alarming discovery during an investigation in to the prevalence of pesticide residue....
 
Mystery methane surge is due to flatulent cows
Posted 10-2-2017 | 21 comments
A new US study has revealed that cow flatulence is responsible for a recent rise in atmospheric methane....
 
1,000mph car successfully fires up jet engine
Posted 10-1-2017 | 18 comments
Known as Bloodhound, the supersonic racing car will attempt to break the land-speed record in October....
 
Farm breeds mutant pigs with huge muscles
Posted 9-30-2017 | 23 comments
A farm in Cambodia has reportedly been creating massive mutant pigs with abnormally oversized muscles....
 
Scientists repair mutations in human embryos
Posted 9-29-2017 | 11 comments
For the first time ever, a method known as 'chemical surgery' has been used to fix a faulty human gene....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ