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Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters discovered deep underground at locations around the world
December 17, 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 Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto's Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks--the oldest rocks on Earth--the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep-sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface.Full Story
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