Water Is Older than The Earth, Solar System and Even The Sun
by Owen James Burke
Molecules in your drinking water may be over 4.5 billion years old, a recent study published in Science Magazine reports. That means that it could only have been formed by a swirling mass of dust and and gas, which ultimately gave birth to the planets, moons, comets and asteroids.
About one in every 3,000 molecules of water is found to have a deuterium instead of a hydrogen atom, which means about 30-50% of the water on earth is primordial, researchers estimate.
“It’s pretty amazing that a significant fraction of water on Earth predates the sun and the solar system,” said study leader Ilse Cleeves, an astronomer at the University of Michigan.
As for how water arrived on earth, scientists are still not entirely sure.
Read more at the LA Times — OB