News From the Field
Oldest bit of crust firms up idea of a cool early Earth
February 23, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how the planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus.Full Story
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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