Water, Life Appeared On Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

November 2, 2014 3:59 AM

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Water, Life Appeared On Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

It’s a well-known fact: 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered in water. What scientists haven’t been sure of is when, exactly, oceans first appeared. But research by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows they were probably here much earlier than previously thought.

“The answer to one of the basic questions is that our oceans were always here. We didn’t get them from a late process, as we previously thought,” Adam Sarafian, lead author of the paper published Friday in the journal Science, said in a statement earlier this week. He’s also a student in the Geolog...

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