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Oldest bit of crust firms up idea of a cool early Earth

February 23, 2014

a timeline of the history of our planet places 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

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