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Digging gold mines, discovering treasures “turning back in time” 1.2 billion years

Scientists describe what they discovered in the Moab Khotsong gold and unranium mine in South Africa as a “Pandora’s box”, a treasure that helps them “turn back time” to unravel the mystery of the ancient Earth, when the calendar

According to Live Science, that treasure is a 1.2 billion-year-old pristine groundwater, with a rich composition of hydrogen and helium.

The research team led by Dr Oliver Warrr from the University of Torronto’s Department of Earth Sciences in Canada says the age and composition of this precious water may reveal ancient chemical interactions with the rocks it contains. flowing through, thereby providing new insights into energy production and storage in the Earth’s crust from 1.2 billion years ago.

This will bring a lot of understanding about the earth in a time when life was just primitive microorganisms.

Scientists discover 1.2 billion-year-old groundwater, an invaluable treasure with many scientific fields – Photo: TORRONTO UNIVERSITY

The study also confirmed a long-standing suspicion: South Africa’s groundwater is unique compared to the rest of the world, with a high concentration of radioactivity-generated products that have never been detected in the water. liquid anywhere else.

This ancient groundwater may also serve as an energy source in the future, if scientists calculate and determine that these “Earth-energy” aquifers are common elsewhere in the world. world, albeit in slightly different forms.

With luck, humanity will find a new, sustainable and clean energy source with a lot of by-products such as precious gas, in the context of global energy thirst.

Groundwater samples collected from this 1.2 billion-year-old “source spring” contain eight times more salt than seawater, and are rich in uranium, radioactive helium, neon, argon, xenon, krypton, as well as hydrogen and helium. “pure”.

Therefore, it could explain the helium diffusion process deep inside the planet, which is very important in the context of humanity facing a helium shortage, as well as hint at the process of other planets self-producing. energy output.