Early Earth May Not Have Been So Hellish After All

September 17, 2014 3:36 PM

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Early Earth May Not Have Been So Hellish After All

What was Earth like in its infancy? Scientists have long believed that it was a brutally hot and hellish place, covered in molten rock and pelted by asteroids--no wonder the 600-million year period that began 4.6 billion years ago is called the Hadean Eon, after Hades.

Study co-author Calvin Miller at the Kerlingarfjoll volcano in central Iceland. Some geologists have proposed that the early Earth may have resembled regions like this.

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