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Ancient Sea Found Trapped Under Canadian Shield - May Be 1/2 As Old As Earth
05-17-2013, 12:43 AM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:The presence of salt water in deep interconnected pockets has long been known to hard-rock miners in Canada and elsewhere, but its ancient heritage has only recently come to light. In 2006, Prof. Sherwood Lollar and others determined that water found in South Africa’s Mponeng gold mine has been isolated for millions of years and yet still harbours microscopic life that is able to survive on chemical energy.

Such finds are seen to bolster the theory that life could be flourishing below the surface of Mars or on other distant worlds where conditions at the surface are inhospitable.

The volcanic rock within which the Canadian Shield water was found is “very similar to Martian rocks,” said Greg Holland, a geochemist at Manchester University in Britain who helped analyze the chemical signature of the water. “When Mars was much more habitable, three or four billion years ago, maybe life there went underground and has carried on living happily ever since.”


It will take months of laboratory study before they can determine if oxygen-breathing life came into being around 2 1/2 billion years ago.

If they do...it will be time to rewrite the textbooks.
05-17-2013, 12:47 AM #2
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spock.gif Fascinating.

05-17-2013, 12:48 AM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Yes, I thought so too. cheers.gif
05-17-2013, 02:08 AM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:The metamorphic base rocks are mostly from the Precambrian Era (between 4.5 billion and 540 million years ago), and have been repeatedly uplifted and eroded



The Canadian Shield, or Precambrian rock, is pictures as the red area.
05-17-2013, 02:15 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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Yes it's very interesting. I was thinking if there could be some hidden lakes inside Mars as well. hmm.gif
05-17-2013, 02:23 AM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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That was mentioned in the article link I posted. There very well could be.
05-17-2013, 02:42 AM #7
Screaming Yellow Zonkers Member
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I hope they find megalodons and plesiosaurs !

05-17-2013, 02:45 AM #8
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I think they'd be elated to find life that was feeding off of chemical energy. That would mean life began sooner than they thought it did.
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05-17-2013, 02:56 AM #9
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I never quite understood why they make such a big deal of life on other planets?

Shouldn't it be common sense that there would be?

We can only really see planets in our own solar system and two other then earth are in the goldlock zone... one appears to have lost it's life and the other is toxic to really explore.
05-17-2013, 03:00 AM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Perhaps we can learn more about the different ways that life is created or reasons why it's not created by exploring those planets.
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05-17-2013, 03:09 AM #11
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The spawn of first life may be a bit of a feat ...taking perfect conditions and an extraordinary amount of time but it is inevitable and once exists is extremely contagious... it spreads and adapts to live almost everywhere... and all we are focusing on is the limited spectrum of carbon based life.

Fungal life(spores) is able to survive the extremities of space and the vastness of time. It doesn't really belong to the animal or plant families but has attributes of both and it has an affinity for forming symbiotic relationships. Some people like Terrance McKenna believed fungus is an extraterrestrial life form ...and i think he's right.
05-17-2013, 03:18 AM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Would not be all life on Earth be carbon-based, including fungi?


That link was my first find! LOL
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05-17-2013, 03:30 AM #13
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I wasn't suggest fungi wasn't carbon based.

That's a whole nother subject matter.
05-17-2013, 03:31 AM #14
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I guess I misunderstood your last post mentioning that we're focussing only on carbon based life, then suggesting fungi may be extraterrestrial.
05-17-2013, 05:04 AM #15
Ruby Wolf Member
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Things like this show us all too clearly just how fragile and temporary we really are...

I mean seriously think about it,where i'm sitting right now...

Dinosaurs fought each other for food and dominance...

Miles high moving mountains of snow and ice covered the land...

Native americans sat around camp fires and hunted within pristine wilderness...

Will be someday totally changed and completely altered again forever...



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