Ancient water found in Canadian mine
Gas bubbles out of the floor of a deep mine in Canada, containing ingredients that could sustain life.
May 15th, 2013
01:00 PM ET

Ancient water found in Canadian mine

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

You wouldn't want to shower in it, but researchers have discovered pockets of water in a deep reservoir in Canada that may be up to 2.64 billion years old.

Researchers extracted the fluid from ancient rocks in a mine 1.5 miles underground in the area of Timmins, Ontario. In other mines, water has been found to support life, but scientists are still working to determine if there is life in this particular location. They say this is the oldest water found in such an environment.

We spoke with Chris Ballentine, professor of geochemistry at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, and senior author on this study, which published in the journal Nature. Here is an edited version of our email Q&A:

CNN: How did you find this ancient water?

Ballentine: My colleague in Toronto, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, project co-director, has been working on understanding the chemistry of these waters for many years. She suspected the water was very old because of the high levels of helium (which takes a long time to build up) contained in the water. I am developing new techniques to date underground water (an essential component when making safety cases for CO2 burial) and we decided to work together to put a proper age on these waters.

CNN: Do we think that there was life on Earth at that time?

Ballentine: Life was established on Earth by 3.5 billion years ago (Earth itself is 4.56 billion years old). The rocks containing the water we have analysed are about 2.7 billion years old. The Earth's surface would be teeming with very simple life - the ancestors of bacteria. Complex single-celled and multicelled organisms did not evolve until about 1.9 billion to 2.1 billion years ago. The water we have found is between 1.5 billion and 2.6 billion years in age.

CNN: Does this have any implications for life on other planets?

Ballentine: The system we have found is truly ancient and can support simple life. Our work tells us that Earth had a refuge for life during its earliest stages of formation - if life started there was a way for it to be preserved during continuing bombardment by meteorites that would make the surface of Earth barren - and could push back the time when life could have formed on Earth.

Equally on somewhere like Mars, any life that formed could have found its way into similar pockets of water in the Martian crust, and our work shows that these pockets of water can survive and provide a place for the life to have survived long after the surface of Mars lost its water and became sterile.

CNN: Can you describe the environment in which this was found?

Ballentine: These are waters that come out of the rock from exploration boreholes deep in the copper-zinc mine. The samples we have collected pour out of only some boreholes, but they can flow for months. The environment is dark, dusty, very noisy and hot.

CNN: Is it drinkable? πŸ™‚

Ballentine: Alas not. The water is crystal clear when it first comes out of the rock and looks very tempting, bubbling with gas. But actually it is too salty to drink (it is a brine), and the gas instead of carbon dioxide is a mixture of methane, hydrogen, nitrogen and helium!

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  1. A

    Drink it!

    May 19, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  2. Byron

    You have to love how the religious nut jobs are always the first to comment on and attack articles pertaining to science. These comments only show how insecure you are with your own beliefs, to feel the need to attack factual evidence... There is no greater threat to religion than free-thinkers, education, and scientific facts... I cringe to think of how many great philosophers, scientist, and inventors were suppressed and killed by religious fanatics over the past centuries. Your faith is your faith; keep it to your self.

    May 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Zack

      You're funny. Scientific facts have been proven to be false on so many occasions. Science says this is a fact, and then a decade later they say they were wrong and this is the new fact. Love it. They have the absolute facts, until they realize they were wrong and this is how it is.

      May 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Dave

        Here is the part you don't get... when scientists are confronted with data that contradicts their theories... you know what they do? (Or _SHOULD_ do... there is such a thing as bad science) They change their theories to incorporate the new data. There is actually a process for this. It's called the scientific method. Really, you can look it up.

        What do the religious do when confronted with data that contradicts their beliefs?

        They freak out and as often as not attack the person that shook up their paradigm. (not always physically, but sometimes LITERALLY attack)

        Byron is on to something, that overreaction says a lot about how shaky someone's faith really is.

        Then again, maybe I am just part of that vast secretive group of Satanists that are always pushing that pro-science anti-god agenda? πŸ˜‰ Using logic and all those pesky facts as weapons against the faithful... lol

        BTW, I actually HAVE been accused of being a Satanist in the course of a pretty simple conversation about archaeology once... my point was much of the so called 'biblical archaeology' is rarely science because they have the process backwards. You are supposed to gather data, form a hypothesis and test it, resulting in a theory. Biblical 'archaeologists' invert that. They KNOW what happened, they KNOW what it means, then go and look for data to support their beliefs. In a very fundamental way, that is not science. It ignores the scientific method. Any experiment where you can be sure of the outcome... isn't an experiment at all.

        But MAN did that cheese someone off... their face was beet red and they just started ranting about how all of us 'science types' are in league with Satan etc. etc.

        That's called an ad hominem. You can look that up too if you want.

        It was disturbing and even a bit frightening. There are people out there that actually think I am an inherently evil person willingly serving the ultimate source of all evil in the universe. Granted, most Christians are very peaceful folks, but not all are. I had to wonder if someone thinking that couldn't get a little confused, or overzealous and start thinking it's time to kill the infidels... starting with me. not likely, it's not like I lived in fear for years... but the thought did cross my mind a few times... which imo is a few times too many.

        That's a pretty silly thing to have to spend even a minute pondering don't you think?

        But stories like this are not that uncommon. I suspect things like this are the cause of rising animosity between the scientific and the faithful. I am a tolerant live and live sort of guy... but I find it becoming more and more of a personal effort to tolerate the overly religious. I generally just avoid them whenever possible.

        May 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
      • Dave

        Just a quick addendum... there probably are biblical archaeologists that respect the scientific method... I am just not aware of any... but I suspect they do in fact exist.

        May 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • deaks

        The sad thing Dave is that most scientists don't follow the scientific method. The base their assumptions upon their own belief system, and don't follow fact, but twist their data to fit into their biased presumptions.

        May 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
      • motorfirebox

        "The sad thing Dave is that most scientists don't follow the scientific method. The base their assumptions upon their own belief system, and don't follow fact, but twist their data to fit into their biased presumptions."

        Oh? I assume you have some evidence to show us that proves, or at least strongly indicates, that most scientists twist data to fit their presumptions?

        Or did you read THAT in an old book, too?

        May 20, 2013 at 12:15 am |
      • Dave

        We are still waiting for your citation or evidence of your claims Deaks.

        Like I said, bad science exists, but I forward that this is in the minority. You say 'most scientist'. That's a bold claim, you need to be able to back that up.

        Can you? Or are you just repeating whatever you heard in church that makes you feel better about refuting facts and logic? ala 'oh, those poor misguided whacky scientists don't REALLY know what's going on...' I hear that a lot from religious types.

        I don't mean to be snide, but seriously, if you can't back that up, I want you to ask yourself why YOU believe what you just claimed. If you don't have evidence and you are repeating hearsay, who told you that? Might they have had an agenda? Could your source be wrong?

        Or are you just making this up?

        May 20, 2013 at 10:55 am |
      • Michael

        @Deaks – the people that you are referring to as "scientists" that twist their data to fit the expected or desired outcome may be in the employ of those wanting to cite the researcher and the outcome – Oil & Gas compainies, for example, looking for "proof" that mankind has not had a detrimental impact on the environment. Or take some religious group that is trying to prove their point ... like Dave said, they have it all backwards ... starting with the conclusion and fudging data to match the results. "There are lies, there are damned lies, and there are statistics." Here's my point: you can find data to support almost any idiotic claim ... but if experimentation cannot back up the findings, it's bogus. Cold Fusion, for example. Relgion, for example. No experiment will ever be able to prove the tenets of Christianity but people have "faith" ... No thanks ... I have SCIENCE ... I win.

        May 21, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • mickinmd

      You're clearly on target here, Byron. For anyone to think the earth isn't ancient is either putting blinders on or an ignoramus. In the 19th Century, an English scientist who believed the Biblical age of about 7,000 years studied a volcano in Italy. He realized that an enormous amount of lava covered a limestone deposit and he knew limestone came from the remains of living creatures. By calculating the time it would take for that much lava to cover the limestone, he shocked himself -and the science world- by finding the Earth was at least 100,000,000 years old. So many other occurrances, from limestone deposits themselves to ice buildup in Antarctica gives us too much confirmation that the 7,000 year number is "figurative" or else simply made-up.

      May 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  3. julia brown110

    up to I looked at the receipt for $4191, I did not believe best friend was like they say really taking home money part-time on their apple labtop.. there aunt had bean doing this 4 less than six months and by now took care of the dept on there place and bourt a brand new Honda NSX. go to.......... FOX. β„‚Oβ„³

    May 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
    • Meat

      Just stick to sucking d!ck, darlin'.

      May 19, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • ryan d

      uhhh... what? no part of that comment was intelligible, which makes it a ringing endorsement for faux .c0m I suppose...

      May 20, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  4. Praveen G

    Hey Ultimate pics!! If you need any kind of geo textiles just visit Gorantla Geos

    May 18, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  5. Abraham

    Sendeth me thine money for it be evil. With it I shalt overcome my laziness and taketh a nap instead of working. I say unto you.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Beezie

      Yea, tho I walk through the Valley of Knowledge, I fear no enlightenment, for I shun the education and intelligence that is thrust upon me by the dark and evil school system. I embrace the light and freedom of ignorance that allows me to believe in some big daddy in the sky who watcheth over me and my unbathed, I mean unwashed, brethren.

      May 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  6. Abraham

    Do not walk in the darkness believing the false knowledge of the space men. For their tounge be forked and they speak noteth of the truth. Lo unto their fake lunar project for it was filmed in the desert. Their effects were not special and their falsities be of number.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • Beezie

      Do not speaketh as a fool, remain stoic and silent, and only be thougheth as one

      May 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • TasieSceptic

      perhaps if you studied the king james bible you might develop an appreciation for the language
      "........they speak noteth of the truth...." should be "speaketh not"

      give it a try, I'm sure you can do it

      May 18, 2013 at 4:13 am |
  7. Abraham

    Forsake the falsehoods of the Apollo trickery and walk in enlightenment.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Beezie

      You are confusing Apollo with Dolus, he was the god of trickery

      May 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
      • Abraham

        Maybe . . . I was just trying to talk like the goofy preachers do : ) oh well. I haven't been to church in 30 or more years – just playing : )

        May 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
      • Beezie

        Okay, perhaps if you are of Scandanavian ancestry, you would prefer the more (recently) familiar Loki

        May 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
      • constantine16621990

        30 years?. Yea right, with as much crap as you've spit out about the LSD using MORON FOLLOWERS, oops, mormon followers, more like 30 minutes. I would believe that.

        May 18, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  8. Abraham

    Cometh unto me and behold the rapture of everlasting peace. For I am the prophet and Jolem is my name. Behold brother, for thou art of mine flesh. Walketh with me to paradise and bathe in the waters if tranquility. Listen not to the falsifiers for their Apollo mission waseth a hoax. Listen to me children and learn of the false prophets of NASA. For thine rockets be weak and lunar lander be of film.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Beezie

      ....and your brains be of feces

      May 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Abraham

        My brains are delicious. Just ask any zombie. mmmmmm braaaains.

        May 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • Beezie

        I asked several zombies and all they did was shuffle and mumble, go figure.

        May 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  9. constantine16621990

    You would know cora

    May 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

    So who put it there?

    May 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  11. asdlkfjjsd gfhdfg

    There are some interesting things like that in Canada

    Like that thing in Nova Scotia, we don't know is there the things from other planet, or the things that are from the future, or were they poluted with some radiation thing.
    And there are places around the world like Mahengo Daro, Puma Punku, where the levels of radiation are just in explikable.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • ryan d

      the word is inexplicable. and looking up both of those places yields no mention of them having odd levels of radiation at all.

      May 20, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  12. asdlkfjjsd

    There are some interesting things like that in Canada

    Like that thing in Nova Scotia, we don't know is there the things from other planet, or the things that are from the future, or were they poluted with some radiation thing.
    And there are places around the world like Mahengo Daro, Puma Punku, where the levels of radiation are just in explikable.

    May 17, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  13. Abraham

    Behold. For the truth of the elder prophets hold enlightenment for all mankind. Seek wisdom from the Book of Mormon and not from blasphemers. The Book holds all the answers. Question not the prophets that walketh among you for the LDS offers enlightenment and the truth.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • mrdeepblue

      Haa you are making me very happy spreading my word , I reserve a "special" and "warm" place for you and your brethen

      May 17, 2013 at 6:07 am |
  14. elena

    ancient water? what? isn't all water ancient? since when water reproduce itself? didn't the Earth had the same amount of water since the beginning?

    May 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Kilgore Trout

      I assume it means it has been isolated from the larger water cycle, and thus shielded from all the changes and variation in our atmosphere and biosphere.

      May 17, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • Anthony

      The water you know is constantly breaking apart and bonding to different elements. For example your body is creating water through respiration and plants break apart water in photosynthesis, also adding table salt to water temporarily separates the Hydrogen from the oxygen. This water has been stable without breaking apart for billions of years; which is incredible.

      May 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  15. LDS II

    If you read our Book of Mormon your mind will expand with enlightenment and you will turn away from the fallacies of fake science and embrace the truth. Accept the truth our children. Do not accept the lies of the false prophets. Turn to the light and feel the joy of happiness.

    May 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Carol Ann

      So says the creepy anorexic albino crooked teethed mormon preacher seeking to feast upon the souls of blue eyed child brides, many of them.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • allenwoll

      GO AWAY !
      Take your Brass Plates with you ! ! !
      NOW ! ! !

      May 16, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • fElaine

      Why are you posting your masonic garbage here?

      May 17, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • vancouverron

      What planet are you from? I mean literally, what planet are you from?

      May 17, 2013 at 8:15 am |
    • constantine16621990

      Joseph Smith founded the LDS religion because he was always on LSD, making up such a stupid idea. And you as a follower, that would explain your comment.

      May 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
  16. Ellie

    omg water!!!! no way (jk)

    May 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  17. Ellie

    you people are all CRAZY

    May 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • SpenderH

      Said Nobody. Ever.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
      • Ellie

        nobody had the name spender H either

        May 17, 2013 at 6:52 am |
  18. George T Hibs

    This is probably what the Spanish were looking for when they search Fl for the fountain of youth!!

    May 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • Carol Ann

      The Spanish DID find the fountain of youth. It's called Florida State Welfare & Public Assistance.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  19. spockmckoy

    I just had a glass of water that some dinosaur drank and peepeed millions of years ago. there is NO new water being made to replace what we use every day. It just goes round and round the biosystem of earth..........

    May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Johnny Domingo

      A few years back Nasa was showing how new water in the form of ice was coming in through our atmosphere from space every day, do you remember this?

      May 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • Cassie

        Its only new to earth not "New"

        May 19, 2013 at 2:11 am |
    • mike

      Mike you do know new water is created everyday. Infact a byproduct of fire is water.

      May 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
      • Cora

        Scientist have proven over 90 percent if people in Canafa are gay.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
  20. Duke

    I don't know about anybody else, but I think this is totally cool.

    May 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  21. peterz

    Where were God while looking into this 2.6 billion year old water ?

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  22. Paul Johnso

    I understand this is a liquid, but based on it composition, how do you classify this as water?

    May 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jake

      It is stiil H2O, however much "contaminated" it may be

      May 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  23. H. B.

    Science is about going where curiosity leads. Religion is about leading while suffocating curiosity and going nowhere.

    For the centuries of the Dark Ages, science was regarded as evil, and was punishable. Those centuries added NOTHING to our store of human knowledge, with a few heretics, like Galileo, being the only exceptions. It was felt that increasing human knowledge was to decrease faith. The only thing the public was taught was religion, and, for some, reading and writing. Nothing mattered, in the Dark Ages, except being godly and righteous. And we already know the harm that did. And we know WHY it is called the "DARK" ages.

    To attain its goals, organized religion makes it their business to rub off the normal and naturally occurring curiosity of people, preferably at a very early age. It forcibly changes the nature of human nature, and in doing so causes harm, because quelling curiosity warps the mind.

    Any faith or ideology who subtracts human curiosity does so for entirely self-serving reasons, and is abusing people to serve those motives. And the motives themselves are the same: controlling mases of people.

    We are ALL born curious. Extremely so. In a rational family, that curiosity is nurtured, with some discipline – wouldn't want a child to tip a pot of boiling water on himself, after all. But otherwise, a child's curiosity is seen as a valuable attribute of his overall intelligence, and that it is the wellspring from which much valuable knowledge may one day emerge.

    In a profoundly religious family, curiosity is seen as a threat. Curiosity leads to asking questions, and asking questions about the faith can all too easily lead to doubting the mummery. Unthinkable! A child whose curiosity has been so successfully smashed is warped, and those who made it possible were abusers.

    If science is so bad, then we must give it up. I hope the fanatics realize that giving up on science means rejecting all that science has brought about – your refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, food processors, TVs, PCs, cell phones, cars, AND every single medical advance made since the mummeries were first penned.

    That means allowing sewage to creep into our water supplies, because they'd HAVE to reject things like sanitation and hygiene, results of the evil scientists who discovered pathological microbes.

    Let's see now. How many science-hating "believers" are willing to refuse to have their OWN lives extended by medical science? How many would prefer Biblical comfort to an anesthetic? How many would give up every product they own and use if it came into being as a result of scientific studies? Grow their own food, using no machines, and no fertilizers or insecticides, or irrigation systems. All transport via feet or animals. No communication except by messenger, smoke signals, semaphores, and mirrors. I think you can extend this list on your own now. You cannot be a true "believer" without giving up every single thing that has the "taint" of science upon it. If you keep those things, yet keep believing that science is evil, you're worse than a hypocrite; you're a non-believer, too, and your real interest in your faith has to do with agendas you insist on holding dear, not the faith itself. Religion empowers many highly unlovely agendas.

    Science is evil? Yet you use a cell phone? How can you be so brazen?

    Science is a never-ending series of questions. With one answered satisfactorily, that answer has brought forth a dozen new questions. Curiosity is a never-ending process of inquiry. Many things learned are also studied further, to see if refinements can be made to them. Scientists are often frustrated by elusive information, but the adventure of the search for knowledge and reality is inherently a joyful one. They do it for the joy.

    Religion studies nothing but its own mummery, and discourages – or even forbids – asking questions about anything. Even the mummery itself cannot be questioned. It has "all the answers." Science, which is a process, doesn't claim to have all the answers, and "believers" pounce on that, claiming that THEY DO have them all, and science is inept because it searches for answers and never finds them all. So religion must be better, of course.

    Except that it isn't. But there are no "true believers" either. They still use cell phones...

    May 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • REC

      You poor thing –
      You have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about.
      This has absolutely nothing to do with the article.
      It is actually an interesting article –

      May 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • As an Atheist and fan of science

      Shame on you. This was about discovery liquid in a cave and you went on a long-winded rant about religion. That's just as bad as the religious person who goes on long-winded, off-topic religious rants.

      Focus on the science and the discovery, not the chip on your shoulder.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • As an Atheist and fan of science


        May 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • addison

        Well said athiest.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • local

        UR A I D I O T

        May 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
      • Shelibea

        Apparently you did not read the very first post by "LDS 11" wherein people were admonished to turn from "fake" science to religious "truth" which I believe the post was actually referencing.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • sm0k3stack

      Too long, didn't read

      May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • James Elijio

      It is wonderful that we are living at a time when more and more people –including scientists - recognize the harmony, and ultimate inseparability of science and religion. In the last analysis science and religion may be seen as different, but eternally intimate facets through which we see, and interpret, reality. Typically what we label as science is knowledge based on studying material reality, and what we regard as religion is connected to that body of knowledge bearing on the study of the spiritual dimension of reality. Science without religion leads to materialism, and religion without science leads to fanaticism. It may be defended that the ethics that we need to guide science is essentially religious in nature; and the systematic approach we need to deeply appreciate Divine Revelation - the foundation of religion - may be said to be scientific in nature. For humanity to progress in a balanced manner the religious and scientific communities of the world need to intimately collaborate, and the harmony of science and religion permanently established.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • JMT

        That is the most B.S. statement I have heard since someone said "trickle-down theory".

        May 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
      • hal2000

        religion as comedy, how divine! LOL

        May 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Dator Sojak

      Actually, they weren't very interested in be righteous. Righteous people would not kill other people just because they don't worship the same god in the same way.

      May 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Krush

      H.B. You obviously don't know squat about religion or being in a truly religious family. I am a life long Roman Catholic. I am an engineer. I am a scientist. And not once in my lifetime has my curiosity about the universe been viewed and/or treated as a threat by anyone in my family, the members of the churches I have attended, or the clergy with whom I have discussed science and engineering. You seem to forget that it was only the clergy that kept reading and writing alive during the Middle Ages. You have also forgotten that a priest by the name of Gregor Mendl is the father of modern genetics. Would you go to a dentist for legal advice? Or a doctor to fix your car? You' obviously don't know what you are talking about when it comes to religion. Why would you expect anyone to come believe what you say about religion?

      May 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • Carol Ann

        You fail to disclose where you grew up. That has more to do with it than the actual religion.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • roadrunner

      @H.B. Blow it out your @$$!

      May 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • ChrisZ

      What are you on about, mate? Chill out! I'm curious as to why they let you out of your padded cell!

      May 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • KennyWhitewolf

      The water we see everywhere is the same water that has existed in its various compositions; i.e. liquid, gas, crystal since forever. Water is life. Why is this so hard to comprehend?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Jerry

      Right sentiment, wrong place.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
    • local

      LMAO U R A I D I O T

      May 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • William House

      H. B., I agree, keep it up, end the dark ages.

      Religion is the Worst form of Government in our Human History, used by dictators for 6,000 years of written history to keep the people self-doubting, guilt ridden, divided with specious culture wars and ignorant.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
      • jed

        uranium and thorium decay into helium.

        May 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  24. Uri Nation

    By the way, I love Canadians!

    May 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  25. Adams

    I checked out this topic on another site:

    and then I read the comments. Wow, compared to this blog it was refreshing to see so many comments from people with curious minds and a sense of wonder. I think I'll leave CNN and go over there instead. Maybe the intelligent posters here can join me. That way we can leave the Fundie and atheist trolls a place here where they can fight, or do whatever makes them happy.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Chris Honry

      You sound like a gutless wussie, go ahead and leave, don't need u here.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
      • erexx

        The only Wuss I see here is you. Fool.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • palintwit


      May 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Sandra

      Thanks for the link. CBC does a great job of reporting on any topic. I usually start with CNN, and if the comments prove to be too divisive (as they so often do) I turn to CBC or McLean's for an objective view, and much nicer posters! I always thought the comments following the articles should be ABOUT the article or its topic

      May 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • local

      BYE....You WILL NOT be missed.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  26. Uri Nation

    All H2O elements of water on the planet Earth are the same age. I guess folks have to write something and publish here in order to make a living.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Chuck Reutter

      I attended a meeting at our local water board meeting and learned we have all the water we ever will have and its been this way since the beginning. As a result, I support your view on the water issue.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Logicalgirl

      Technically that is correct. However, this find was reputedly in an environment not accessible to the typical cycle. Therefore, the article has vailidity.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • erexx

      Great not another "Humans walked with the Dinosauers" nutcase.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • mike

      Many combustion reactions produce CO2 and H2O. Being fire makes water.

      May 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  27. lynndelhumphreys

    Oceans are just as old.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  28. lynndelhumphreys

    Looks yummy. Oceans are just as old.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  29. CNN Clown Tom Foreman

    BS! That water doesn't look a day over 100,000!

    May 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  30. NOT-CooCoo4CoCoPufz

    you must be scaring the hillbilly conservative with that date.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Chris Honry

      And all the AIDS infested gizz swalowing phaggs.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
      • erexx

        Yet another Bigot ready to procreate in the name of wilful ignorance.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
      • lolwut

        lol. struck a nerve, did he?

        May 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
      • roadrunner

        Chris, you and lolwut wouldn't just happen to be but buddies would you?

        May 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  31. Cora

    Read The Book of Mormon and learn the truth. Our early LDS saints are the true modern prophets. Our Brigham Young University has the finest science department in academia. Our scholars have proven the earth was created 6,000 years ago. Do some real research before spouting off your humanistic nonsense. .

    May 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • NOT-CooCoo4CoCoPufz

      really? ...I've got carbon dated fossilized dinoturds older than that. I've read the book of Mormon and I don't recall that, please tell me where I can find that information.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
      • REC

        sorry – carbon dating is inaccurate and uses a lot of speculation and assumptions which may or may not be true.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • brigham young prophet

      lol, fool

      May 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Chris Honry

      LDS IS A CULT of mysoginistic lemmings longing to belong.


      LSD is a DRUG

      May 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Erlo

      Bahaha thank you for the laugh, I am assuming you are joking. Very amusing man. Good post.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • erexx

      The only non sense here is the crap rolling out of your mouth and your bigoted people.
      Throw your computer out. You dont deserve one.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Fastbikkel


      May 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  32. Clark

    MMMMMMMM maple syrup. Pee from a tree.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  33. Doug

    I read all of the dumb comments made by people from Canada. They sound like embiciles up there in the great white north. Just a bunch of hosers. No wonder we call it America's hat.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jiffy Lube

      I agree 100 percent. My wife is from Toronto and she is dumb as a stump. She even believes that NASA landed a spaceship on the moon. They teach some funny stuff up there in Canada. Fairy tales.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Chris Honry

        Lotta fairies, that's for sure. Your wife know about your boyfriend?

        May 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Mark

      Sigh. Leave it to us Americans to turn an article regarding science into comments insulting another country. No wonder the rest of the world hates us so much.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
      • Canadian Bacon

        Not to worry, Mark. I think Doug might be a closet Canadian, he has a brother called Bob....... Real hosers !

        May 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Pete

      Canada is a great place, Sorry you can't see that for yourself.
      One thing I really like about it is people don't get shot at movies and public events.
      We don't carry guns, we fight like men.
      We elect Muslims for Mayor in major cities instead of hatin' and killing them.
      We also invade the south US every winter and sink millions into your flailing economy.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
      • Canadian Bacon

        Agreed, Pete. We also don't care who you marry, as long as you are a hockey fan !

        May 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
      • Chris Honry

        Yeah, you let foreigners tell you how to live while you pay them not to work. Bunch of geniuses.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Canadian Bacon

      Classy, Doug. Then again, if we're your hat, that means we're on top. And in prison that would mean you're our bi@tch.... By the way, get spell-check.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • Teeph



      May 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
  34. Canadian Bacon

    Sorry aboot hording the water, eh ?

    May 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  35. Ugh

    The water is pretty old on this planet.

    May 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  36. kaneda

    Watchout for those piranhas..

    May 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • mpc6658

      Seriously – is CNN looking for news... isn't all water that old – duh!!!!

      May 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • rosie

        Like yeah, eh. Reporter pretending to know what they are talking about.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Wr

        No, genius, it isn't. Guess we didn't do so well in chemistry class, huh.

        May 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  37. REC

    Any dates past 10,000 years are inaccurate and unverifiable. This has been confirmed many times over.
    At my place of work we are currently pumping water that is thousands of years old and not being recharged.
    Now we are paying the price and running out of water – so why are we down this far mining? To hide your head in the sand and think we won't run out of resources --

    May 16, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • IrishinToronto

      That's true with respect to carbon dating. The article refers to measuring helium buildup, which is another way of determining age.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • bp

      Per the Bible, right? The Earth was created 10,000 years ago, and any evidence to the contrary is the work of Satan. How nice for you to believe that.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • Cora

        It was created only 6,000 years ago you heathen. I'll bet you aren't a LDS like me. Here in Utah the Beautiful we know the truth.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
      • Beezie

        LDS, LSD, toemaytow, toemahtoe

        May 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
      • Cora the Whora

        You cant believe everything your cult leader says. And if you actually believe this, please drink the small cup of cool aid your cult will be drinking the next time the world is "suppose" to end. Thanks.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mortalc01l

      You are so wrong, it would be funny, if it wasn't so sad.

      There are numerous, very accurate ways of dating things way older than 10,00 years.. one is the uranium-lead radiometric dating scheme, which has been refined to the point that the error margin in dates of rocks can be as low as less than two million years in two-and-a-half billion years. An error margin of 2–5% has been achieved on younger Mesozoic rocks, not to mention Potassium-Argon dating, rubidium-strontium dating, etc, etc, etc.

      Do people like you even bother to research before puking up your uninformed personal opinion?

      When multiple methods of measurement all agree on the age of something, it's pretty definitive,

      May 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • REC

        I did not say in any way what the actual date would be – and that I am religious in any way.
        Only that there are great inaccuracies that can and have occurred in ANY forms of dating past 10,000 years.
        I believe it COULD be somewhat in the vicinity of that time period.
        Don't read more into it than face value.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
      • REC

        And you have NO idea how informed I am.
        Obviously though – you believe everything they put on the internet.
        Let me take you to my lab and show you a few things.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  38. CSX

    Funny, it was all created at the same time...........

    May 16, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • mb2010a

      But NOT by any god...

      May 16, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • hop

        You better hope not.

        May 16, 2013 at 11:57 am |
      • Irobot

        The leading theory is water was brought to Earth by comets, yet samples from comets show the water contained in them is H3o, and not H2o. Guess the Earth got pelted by all the H2o carrying comets first and only the H3o
        ones are left cruising the Universe.

        Scientist know jack squat about how the Earth was formed or the Universe for that matter. Self admiring pompus idiots
        who can't function worth beans in daily social life, yet are trusted to form theories that are truthful? Pluuuuuleeeeease.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • Beezie

        But, of course, you know better than they do, so please, enlighten us with how it all happened.

        May 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
      • EuphoriCrest

        @irobot: I'm guessing your wife ran off with a scientist?

        May 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • addison

      Irobot.. are you serious? H3o is just water that is Ionized and can quickly lose that Ion and be H2o. Basically It is acidic water and your comment is just idiotic at best.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Cora

      Creation was spread out over 6 days and on the 7th he rested. It's a proven fact. Our Brigham Young University has researched this thoroughly. Us Mormons are the chosen people. Do some research.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
      • Canadian Bacon

        And of course you also believe everything you read on the internet, right ?

        May 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
      • Canadian Bacon

        And if the Mormons are the chosen people, how come Mitt the Twit is not in the White House ?

        May 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
      • Beezie

        Chosen, not elected apparently

        May 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
      • Infantry08

        Lady, you need to lay of this latterday saints hate speech I have been a member my whole life sealed in the salt lake city temple and this hate that you are spreading is not our way. Having said that these scientific facts are sound and logical the world is billions of years old not 6,000 to think that is just moronic at this point. Have faith in god if you believe I do, but but do not turn your back on the amazing facts of the world around us.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  39. palintwit

    Don't let the tea party patriots anywhere near this stuff. They'll put it in mason jars and try to drink it.

    May 16, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • djc1960

      What a stupid comment. Is that all you have.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • mike g

      ..another mindless liberal twit

      May 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • palintwit

        Aren't you supposed to be digging a latrine behind your trailer?

        May 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • Bill

        You need some new material.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • bitterwriter

      Or maybe we should let the Tea Party take it...

      May 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • Rick

        The waters in Canada.....remember?

        May 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
    • Greg

      they could bottle it asTea Party Juice... but we are not that lucky..

      May 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Kevin

      What a pointless comment

      May 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • palintwit

        I was glad to hear that the IRS is keeping an eye on the teabillies These baggers are by far the most subversive group in the country today and someone has to keep their thumb on them.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • knucklecheese

        I thought you libs promoted doing away with childish hypocritical hate speech. Thought you were supposed to be the smart ones who had "evolved" beyond that kind of low brow knuckle dragging. Apparently not. Excellent. Please continue to do my job for me by showing the world how unintelligent you really are.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
    • werthrough

      Someone should probably be digging your grave behing your welfare housing..

      May 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
      • Beezie

        Wow, it sounds as if someone is a little butt-hurt, been tea-bagged a bit too much, have you?

        May 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • addison

      You are a twit alright. Why don't you leave this discussion to the intelligent adults.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
      • Beezie

        I guess that leaves out Tea Party members from adding any comments.

        May 17, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  40. M.E.

    I'm not quite sure how the headline quite works. First off, the vast majority of water is that old, stray bits of ice may have come in off later comets, but most of the wet stuff was here long before the dates mentioned. Second, the water from the holes isn't a snapshot, it's been in contact with the surrounding minerals and rocks of millions of years, it's changed over that time as the minerals and gasses dissolved in ever higher concentrations into the water. Also, since water commonly trickles down through the rock formations (which is how this water got there in the first place) all they're really dating is the rocks around the water, not the water itself. I'm no expert, but I am a massive earth sci nerd with particular interest in geology and hydrology, if someone who is a bigger nerd than me would care to discuss, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • scieng1

      They made an assumption that the original water was still in place and that plate tectonics had not lifted or lowered this strata substantially since formation. They assumed that this water was always captive, and had not migrated from other strata. Without other data, this is pretty suspect. Brine, of course, is salty water and is typical of water deposited from sea water, or from water that has solubilized salts from the rock that contains it. Mines often act as paths for water in upper zones to flow downward, but this may not have been the case here. All we can assume is that they made a lot of assumptions to come to a theory.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • IrishinToronto

        This is ignius rock, there is no strata. Strata is found in newer sedimentary rock formed in layers at the bottom of an ocean.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • JJ Francais

      The dating has to do with the gases in the water, without the elapsed time those gases would not be at those concentrations.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
      • Staci

        Thank you so much for this relevant thread. I appreciate the additional thoughts and information regarding this fascinating find!

        May 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • Beezie

        Surprisingly, it is the same way we know how old Rush Limbaugh is, through the amount of gasses he has emitted.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  41. Sounds Like

    Hey, have you ever tried Canadian Beer? Its usually good and strong.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  42. imvotingforObama

    I wonder if it is leftover dinosaur urine?

    May 16, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  43. keith

    Newsflash..... ALL WATER IS 2.6 Billion years old.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • M.E.

      That's what I was thinking. In fairness though, this water has been locked away from the water cycle for a very long time.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:39 am |
    • Rochester

      Think of it as a water time capsule. It's not so much about the water itself – the molecule hasn't changed – but rather what's in it.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • knucklecheese

      Oh, it's older than that! All of it. I think what they're talking about is the age of the formations they found it in.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • hupyster

      Actually, photosynthesis does create water. I believe it is the second step in the process.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • beedeebeedee

      That's like saying all the blood (or cells) in your body is 30 years old or whatever. THINK.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  44. whoknowsnotme

    Yep it's Canadian water – they found traces amount of maple syrup in it.

    May 16, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • knucklecheese


      May 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  45. agent moulder

    Scully!! do you realize what this discovery could mean!? we are talking about proof that water existed underground a long time ago. do you know that 2000 feet above this location sits an old Indian healing spring? coincidence? or something more?? (x files theme- whistling.)

    May 16, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  46. Dave

    That picture looks like the album cover to Pink Floyd's Meddle. Too bad Storm isn't around any more... I could see that showing up on a remaster or something...

    May 16, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  47. smitvict

    On which of the 7 days of creation was the water put there?

    May 16, 2013 at 8:58 am |
    • JonathanL

      It's difficult to remember that far back but I seem to remember there were a whole slew of different gods doing fdifferent things at the time. There was a sky god, an earth god, and a water god. But which day did water form? It all happened before we had calendars so it depends on who says what. I haven't heard from the water god, Ea, (or enki in Sumerian – but no one speaks that language anymore) in quite a while, but she might be your best source. Later in history others created their own gods and stories, such as the Greeks, the Jews, and the Muslims, but I recommend going back to the earliest version fo the stories to get a better idea of what really happened. One of the first stories went like this "UGH, ARGH, UH, Unh Unh, ooo, ooo, ahh, ahh, ruf", which was never written down but has been passed down by word of mouth in the family on my mother's side for the last 47,000 years. It means, "On Thursday The goddess created water, then it was all complete. Now Everything exists, so let's deal with it. Now what are we going to have for dinner?". Does that help?

      May 16, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • Old Enough

        Perfect... filled in a few gaps I was wondering about.

        May 16, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • mb2010a

        I like your version much better...I believe.

        May 16, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • rosie

      On the first day of Christmas...


      Ohhhh, Creation, not Christmas. My bad.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  48. Popuppete

    Wow, Timmins is in the news and there was no mention of is being the home of Shania Twain.
    It is still possibly the most boring place on earth, above the soil or below.

    May 16, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • mary

      The Shania Twain Centre has been purchased by another gold mine who will soon be tearing it down. It was such a waste of tax payers dollars.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • IrishinToronto

        It's an open pit mine now, not unlike her first marriage.

        May 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  49. Bill

    Same story, much different comments.

    Ever want to know the difference between Canadians and Americans? Read these comments as opposed to the ones left on the CNN story.

    May 16, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • JS33

      Wow thank you so much! I love America, but the people in here not so much....

      May 16, 2013 at 8:51 am |
      • Jen

        My husband and I have been contemplating a move back to Canada. This might seal the deal! πŸ™‚

        May 16, 2013 at 9:18 am |
    • Rochester

      Alas, many in this country are scientifically challenged. We have multiple creationist museums for goodness sake.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:02 am |
      • Joepub

        And are you strong-armed into going to these museums?

        Didn't think so.

        May 16, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • rosie

        Museums? I have never seen one of them. Must be kind of fun to go in and poke fun at the exhibits.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • corpsman

      Nice point, but keep in mind that a very small number of posters (mostly bitter right-wingers) make most of the comments on CNN boards. They are in no way representative of the majority of us.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:02 am |
      • Logicalgirl

        Thank you for being a voice of reason. Like viewing a train wreck, I am drawn to these posts, but they inveriably irritate me. I always hope for better in the science pages. Every blue moon, I find one. Americans are no more smart or stupid a group of people than in other countries. We just seem to have more video feeds.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • CJG

      Do you think Canada wants molecular biologists? I love the US, but wow, that place looks friendly!

      May 16, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • beedeebeedee

      That's because most Americans are worthless Americants and severely embarrass the few decent Americans LEFT ("pun intended") on a daily, if not hourly, basis. There are psychological tests that can be interpreted as only 10% of people are decent, good people, and the rest not so much. America probably scores much worse than Canada and some other countries, partly because of cultural and societal differences. I've personally experienced the "10% Solution" WAY too many times in a variety of situations. America used to be MUCH more "like Canada" (in these senses) pre-1980. Of course, it's actually only about 1985 in Canada, so they will probably catch up at some point in the next few decades.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • derpleft

        The fact that you think that because you're LEFT makes you better just proves this person's point. Congratulations on being "the point".

        May 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
    • Greg

      i agree the difference in comments is amazing, it is obvious the Canadian educational system is far superior compared to Americas.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • knucklecheese

      Yeah, my favorite was the dolt who was talking about the first aliens we find being from THIS planet. Brilliant indeed!

      May 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  50. feelsillytoday

    I can give you ancient pizza from my fridge if you like.

    May 16, 2013 at 7:35 am |
  51. Ajax

    With the very high levels of helium in this ancient water, would someone become lighter if they drank a reasonable amount of it?

    May 16, 2013 at 7:25 am |
    • rosie

      No Ajax. The helium also has weight so the body would increase in weight by that amount. But hten you would pee it out so back to square one on your weight.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  52. dfs

    Still plain old H2O

    May 16, 2013 at 6:59 am |
  53. IndianaGreg

    Needs replaced with BRAWNDO!!!

    May 16, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • lol

      Very soon. when Kim Kardashian is President, all liquids will be replaced with Brawndo!

      May 16, 2013 at 8:32 am |
      • DougNJ

        Canadian Brawndo Beer

        May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  54. interesting

    What the religious who love to deny science don't understand is that religion, god and jesus are simply opinions, not facts.

    It is however when people try to force these opinions on others, including through law, is 'Terrorism'.

    Proof alone that christians in the USA practice terrorism.

    May 16, 2013 at 6:45 am |
    • Jack Rivera

      Could you explain how full of excrement you are?

      May 16, 2013 at 7:07 am |
      • interesting

        ipinions is all..

        that's all religion. god, jesus deeds, satan, heaven, hell,, are <– opinion

        May 16, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • AsteroidJesus

      Scientologist go home...preach your brainwashing rhetoric somewhere else.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • Di

      I never seen President Lincoln, but when I read history books that tell me people seen him and that he really existed, I tend to believe that Pres. Lincoln really lived. When I read the history book called the Bible, and see that a lot of people seen and walked with Jesus, and even seen him after his death and seen him ascend into heaven, I tend to believe that he existed and really did live. If you don't believe, that's fine, we live in a country that allows all such beliefs and all such beliefs or nonbelief are tolerated and allowed. The fact that you call Christians terrorists may mean that you are a terrorist since you don't allow people to believe in Jesus or God! Maybe you should live in a country that doesn't allow anyone to have any religious belief except for what the government orders.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • cedar rapids

        Let me know when anyone starts claiming Lincoln rose from the dead on the 3rd day.

        May 16, 2013 at 8:59 am |
      • Salty Bob

        Your nuts I once heard of people seeing dragons, do I belive that dragons exsist no. The bible is nothing more that a book of stories meant to entertain children.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • IrishinToronto

        There's only one book about Jesus, but SIX about Harry Potter. Clearly Harry Potter existed and did all of the things attributed to Him!

        May 16, 2013 at 11:04 am |
      • Joepub

        That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrepect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular. -Abraham Lincoln.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
    • knucklecheese

      While I appreciate your enthusiasm in being such a hypocrite and hateful person, I must inform you that your post doesn't even make sense. If you know anyone who took and passed a college English class, I would consult them before making any more.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  55. Ben D Ober

    Water sucks! It really really sucks!



    May 16, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • facepalm

      You mean GatorADE? If you're going to be a wiseass, at least try to get the right name.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:05 am |
      • Doug

        Florida St is developing their own sports drink. To separate it from GatorAde, they are going to call it SeminoleFluid.

        May 16, 2013 at 8:30 am |
      • knucklecheese

        That joke is older than the water in the bottom of the mine!

        May 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • Bobby B

      You must be drinking the wrong water!

      May 16, 2013 at 8:51 am |
  56. Me

    More scientists just blurting out "facts" and people blindly accept it...

    May 16, 2013 at 6:20 am |
    • Ken

      Facts hurt head. Why science guys want hurt my head. Facts bad! Me go listen to Obama. Never deal with facts. Me feel better.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:50 am |
      • Ajax

        I have no doubt whatsoever that you actually speak that way but that is what you hear in your head as well, only not in your own voice.

        May 16, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • UncleM

      Better science based on logic and a vast canon of knowledge than made-up religious nonsense masquerading as truth.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:05 am |
    • Johnny 5

      If you don't like the facts then why don't you just got stone somebody to death.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  57. gerome stuff

    Spent 30 mns reading all those posts.....we are very diverse in our own ignorance.

    May 16, 2013 at 5:44 am |
  58. Rationalist

    All water on earth is at least 4 billion years old. It's not like ocean water or the water that comes out of the tap was made last week. Who are these idi0ts that write CNN's "science" articles?

    May 16, 2013 at 5:29 am |
    • interesting

      reading the posts, many posters didn't quite get the article. It was trapped water within a rock. The water was never exposed to other life forms past a billion or so years ago. This is fascinating stuff.

      Maybe it's just religious posters who have difficulty with proving, the motive behind all science.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:40 am |
      • are122

        Nay, religious posters should have nothing against what physicists like Paul Davies have written about God. It's people that go no deeper then looking up how to spell science that have problems. The funnier ones are the ones that say things dis-prove the age of earth according to the Bible...they don't realize the Bible says nothing about it.

        May 16, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • The Geologist

      How about that water I made last week by igniting hydrogen and oxygen?

      May 16, 2013 at 6:42 am |
    • UncleM

      Did you know that water is created when hydrocarbons burn? Gallons of water are made when you drive your car.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:07 am |
  59. krel

    I will prove this is all nonsense by drinking a glass of this "ancient water". I will be fine. Soon they will claim to have found
    ancient soda.

    May 16, 2013 at 4:43 am |
    • lol

      Its coca-colas secret recipe

      May 16, 2013 at 7:29 am |
  60. pburnham93

    Reblogged this on Im going on an adventure!!!.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:31 am |
  61. Colleen in Austin

    In the second answer, would you please correct the misspelling of "teaming" to "teeming". Thank you.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:13 am |
    • JNiz

      Shut up Colleen.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • Bull

      Just take off them shoe's,get back in the kitchen and bake me a pie.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  62. GO_GOP

    This is unbelievable. Scientists still utter favorite lines i.e. "maybe", "may have been" etc. They cannot give any answers to questions of the origin of the universe and still claim to know it all. Whereas we believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are humble, believe in the Bible and live in peace. I feel for the tortured souls of the scientists. Our Lord loves you; come and join our fold and find PEACE.

    May 16, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • jamesadams1988

      Science in then end will find answers. I like Christianity, the Bible provides surprisingly well written proverbs on how to live your life peacefully. Yet, organized religion for as long as it has existed has been a reason to kill rob and steal from others. Everything is possible with science, wiki-pedia stem cells, or organic 3D printing.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:57 am |
    • Troll catcher

      You've been nabbed

      May 16, 2013 at 1:57 am |
    • Troglodytes Entertaining All

      Scientists are willing to admit they don't have all the answers... Christians think they have all the answers even though everything they've been taught is pure fiction... Talking snakes?? Get real and grow up.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:13 am |
      • are122

        Almost as silly as floating rocks and gas balls creating the mechanics of the universe, isn't it.

        May 16, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • PaytonB

      I've never met a scientist that claimed to "know all." If only you really understood the scientific process....

      May 16, 2013 at 2:26 am |
    • Nelson

      Science does not provide answers. However, based on strong evidence, claims can be made with a specific degree of certainty. Find a doctor who is willing to say you will survive a disease, even if you have a 99.9% survival rate. Religion provides answers for those who are not willing to question.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:35 am |
      • john

        FAITH makes a virtue out of not thinking!!

        May 16, 2013 at 10:04 am |
    • Michael J.

      You're a moron.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:49 am |
    • Dave

      Keep believing in Jesus Christ. It is much easier. We won't bother you.

      May 16, 2013 at 3:15 am |
    • Leif

      Science does not claim to have all the answers. That is why scientists use words like "maybe". They are not dogmatic
      Religious zealots are the ones who speak of certainty without evidence.

      May 16, 2013 at 5:31 am |
    • Jack Rivera

      You are also full of excrement too.

      May 16, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • sam stone

      " Whereas we believers in our Lord Jesus Christ are humble"

      Humble? Right

      May 16, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • cedar rapids

      show me one scientist who claims to know it all, or will we have to claim that you are bearing false witness?

      May 16, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • pwmcgill

      Newsflash genius! There has been more bloodshed, non-peace and hypocrisy exacted in the name of religion (Christianity) than you can shake a stick at. While it is certain that all science is not good, it however, is successful at discerning fact from fiction or at the least is constantly working at it.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:28 am |
    • Beezie

      Christians have been at war with others (see the Crusades) and with themselves (See Ireland) for thousands of years. Please keep the "Come join Christianity, it's all about peace" rhetoric in your pews and out of rational conversation.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • john

      let us not forget also that our Deer lord popped out of a virjin. HOLY %%%%!!

      May 16, 2013 at 9:57 am |
  63. edmundburkeson

    Does this find have any implications for finding intelligent life on planet earth? Ancient water? Sounds novel and inventive!!

    May 16, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  64. danielhyneslives

    What makes water old? Does this mean water is being generated and isn't part of the water cycle I learned about in first grade?

    May 16, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • Randall "texrat" Arnold

      Read the article. You missed something.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:50 am |
    • bob aussie

      Water imbedded in rock formations, not part of the water cycle, as you correctly assumed. Being thus "encased", the water has sat in the same location for the billions of years, as calculated from the amount of gases that built up by the natural atomic "decay" of elements. Since most of earth's elements are also the same age, it can be confusing to us lay people when someone says a rock is older or younger than the formations around it or water is older than say water found in the ocean or synthesized by combining Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules in the lab. This is water that has not been subjected to evaporation, seepage, or outside contamination for a long time.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:32 am |
  65. Jeremy Hogue

    Wow...and to think that there are religious nuts out there who continue to believe that the Earth is only 6000 years old because "the Bible says so."

    May 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
    • lkjhgfd

      But it is only 6000 years old...I have a pic with my great great great great great greatgreat great greatgreat great greatgreat great greatgreat great greatgreat great greatgreat great greatgreat great great grandpa riding a T-rex.....


      May 16, 2013 at 12:09 am |
      • Just Call Me Lucifer

        I can verify that.

        May 16, 2013 at 5:30 am |
    • Canada

      willful ignorance. the Bible doesn't say that. people have come to their own wrong conclusions however. Most Christians believe in science (at least in my country) even evolution.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:53 am |
  66. cc0192

    She never answered the first question.

    May 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
  67. tuffyturf

    What they are not telling you.. is next to the failed iWater, was a prototype for the first iStone along with a hieroglyphic sketch on the wall for iAir.. by an Eve Dobs

    May 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • No Name is I


      May 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
      • Yossarian

        You're just jealous that you didn't think of it first.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
      • lkjhgfd


        May 16, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  68. MennoKnight

    This is the original recipe for Canada Dry Ginger Ail.

    Sales did not go over so well, so they updated the recipe.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Typo: Ginger Ale

      May 15, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
      • Yossarian

        The typo makes it work better, I think. This water wouldn't do your body good.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
      • MennoKnight

        Yossarian, Good one! That is what I meant!

        May 15, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
  69. Ray Briggs

    All elements or mass (including what makes up water) are either eternal (they have always been here) or created at some point (something from nothing) Those are the ONLY two choices. Pick one. It make much more sense that God is eternal (and made everything) than matter is eternal. And it would be impossible to know if Jesus hadn't proved he was God.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Amen Brother Ray.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • Don

      Tell that to the supernova we are studying for the next 5 months, that is 200 billion light years away! What that mean is that it took 200 billion years for the lightwave of the supernova to reach our telescope! And if God created "everything", he must have started at least 200 Billion years ago!

      May 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
      • MennoKnight

        There is no Super Nova 200 Billion light years away. The furthest light away from us is the Cosmic Background Radiation and that is 13 Billions light years away.
        This is where we get the date for the creation of the Universe. Many know this event as the Big Bang. A theory invented by Catholic Monks who were scientists, but were rejected by the Establishment at the time because it pointed to a creation movement and thus a Creator.

        Science proves how things happened and this is just one more cool fact in that how.

        More funding for science please and less for war machines.

        May 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • MennoKnight

        The starting point according to science is approximately 13.2 Billion years.
        This same number is taught at all the major seminaries in North America and the rest of the world.

        May 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
      • Jim

        The supernova he's probably referring to is 21 million light years away in the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)

        May 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
      • Jim

        And if God created everything, he must have started... well, that's irrelevant because he can "create" reality, so he could have started anytime along an infinite timeline and we wouldn't know it because God exists outside relativistic time. Think of Him as normally operating outside our perception of reality.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
      • Don

        I was using it (200 B) for shock purposes. Plus the fact that I remembered recently the furthest supernova was discovered by the Hubble. But, then I couldn't remember how many billions of light years away it was. I went back and looked it up (, and it was 10. Now that I think about it further, the number 13.2 B rings a bell too. So, I'm pretty sure your right.

        Either way, it's a hell of a lot more than 10,000 years!

        May 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
      • MennoKnight

        Your preaching to the choir on the 10,000 year thing. I am a Born Again Evangelical Christian with a Masters in Theology from an smaller Conservative Evangelical seminary and there is not a single professor that teaches that the world is 6000 – 10,000 years old. There has not been for over 40 years in most of the seminaries.
        Most Evangelical Christians do not believe in a young earth. We all believe in a creator that built and designed with a purpose.
        We read Genesis 1 – 11 as a poetic vision of history that teaches deep theological truth and purpose.

        Genesis 12 and onward are written in a historical manner about the family of Abraham and God's Covenant with them.

        May 16, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Colin in Florida

      You said "All elements or mass (including what makes up water) are either eternal (they have always been here) or created at some point (something from nothing) Those are the ONLY two choices."

      Sorry, you are wrong. A fellow by the name of Albert Einstein discovered (that's called science) this little formula E=MCxC (it should be written C squared, but's it hard to do on the net). To simplify it for you, this formula says that matter and energy are the same thing. Burn some wood, and if you collect all the ashes, all the smoke, gasses and vapors emitted, then weighed them, you would find that a little mass was destroyed-went puff- during combustion-i.e. some mass was converted to energy (heat and light). This formula from Special Relativity has been tested hundreds if not thousands of times, in hundreds of different ways, and it has past ever single test. Every. Single. Test.

      In physics, never bet against Einstein!

      May 16, 2013 at 12:28 am |
      • Billy

        I'm sorry bro but that's completely untrue. Fire does not convert mass into energy, it's a chemical reaction and no mass would be lost in your assessment.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:43 am |
      • Brian

        @Billy, some of the mass is in fact converted to energy. There is a mass equivalent of the binding energy of the covalent molecular bonds which is measurable as inertial mass before burning. And, yes, this has been measured and tested. All chemical bonds involve such a mass-equivalence, just as nuclear bonds do, but the mass-equivalent is lower for checmical bonds as the energy bound up in a chemical bond is less.

        May 16, 2013 at 3:41 am |
    • the truth

      If that were the case.. who made "god". It i a circular argument and you failed logic.

      May 16, 2013 at 1:49 am |
      • mb2010a

        Man made God,,,I thought everyone knew that.

        May 16, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • IrishinToronto

      Jesus never proved he was god – the Council of Nicea decided he was over 300 years after he died.

      May 16, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  70. Blah

    How can an area in the crust even exist undisturbed at that age? If true this must be a rare find indeed.

    May 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      The Canadian Shield is very old rock, among the oldest in the world. This is why so many minerals are found in the Canadian Shield.
      Because of the age of the rock, it is possible.
      The way that she dated the rock was the presence of Helium Gas present in the water, a process that takes a very long time to occur naturally.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  71. magneticink

    "...somewhere like Mars, any life that formed could have found it's way into similar pockets of water in the Martian crust...", this is something to look forward to as our exploration of our solar system continues. I believe water, in the form of ice, was recently found to exist on the moon.

    May 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • jkflipflop

      It really opens up when you drop the main rules that most scientists look for. There's no rule that says life must be made of carbon and water, yet that's what we always look for. Prime reason for this logic is that all life that we know is comprised of these things, but that's just because the planet we were created on is made of these things. Other types of planets would have totally different chemical makeups.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
      • Don

        I've been saying this for years. Just because we are carbon based life forms, what makes us so "high and mighty" to declare that is the only thing life can be based on, or made of. Sure, many elements we can identify elements on other planets and galaxies that exist on our own planet. However, by definition, we can't identify elements on other planets, etc., that don't exist on ours because we can't necessarily see them, because we don't know what we're looking for. We, therefore, don't know how to look for it (elements that exist outside of our realm), and we wouldn't know what it was, if we encountered it, because by definition, we've never seen it.

        Given the above, we don't know, for example, if there is life on Jupiter. We know it has an atmosphere largely composed of methane gas. We used to think (I hope) the Jupiter was a big ball of gas. However, now we know it's solid at some level into it's core, because several years ago, we saw it get hit a dozen or more times, by a huge asteroid that broke up.

        So, what's to say there aren't some sort of life form that uses methane gas? Or may be based upon it?

        May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
      • Yossarian

        Carbon is essential for life as we know it because of the fact that it can bond to so many other things, as well as making long chains of carbon atoms. Water is essential for life as we know it because it is an excellent solvent. Silicon-based life is popular in science fiction, but what is left out is the fact that silicon is far less reactive than carbon. That reactivity is what makes carbon so useful.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        'There's no rule that says life must be made of carbon and water, yet that's what we always look for'

        Scientists know there is no rule that says that, and you are partly correct as to why they search for it but it is slightly different. They look for it not because all life we know requires it but because the life we know for certain exists requires it and thus it is easier for us to look for those signs than to possiby determine other ways of detecting other forms of life.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:07 am |
    • djdeez1211

      actually all water is ancient

      May 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
      • Twebs

        That is exactly what I was thinking, djdeez. To the best of my knowledge, the vast majority of Earth's water is ancient.

        May 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
      • NateFromIndiana

        The elements its made of are very old, but the amount of time they've been formed as H2O has some significance.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
      • Jim

        H2O isn't necessarily ancient... when it forms as rain in the atmosphere it fresh and new. The molecules might be ancient, but then the atoms were formed even before the molecules, etc., and so on.

        May 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  72. Chinese Enterprise

    China can make that water in just 2.6 Seconds . U can't proof its not the same since it contains the same compound as mentioned above

    May 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • The Dude

      They still have small wieners.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • CleanAirAndWater

      Yes, China can and does make water like this and much more toxic than this all the time!

      May 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  73. The Dude

    Lies. Smart people know that an invisible sky jew created everything in 7 days.

    May 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • ajk68

      You've got some serious pent up hostility.

      May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Ben D Ober

      Actually it was in 6 days. Remember, his asthma kicked in and he had to rest on day 7: the day he was planning to create cold fusion.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:43 am |
  74. James

    This is positive proof that there is a chance that canteens could have been invented around this time...Or Dixie Cups. You need water for both of them...And I'm so glad they can tell how old water is. So are there any signs of evolution in the process in the water...

    May 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
  75. james

    how do anyone kno how to tell water is 2.6 billion years thts so stupid,,,,,,,,are thy tht old lol how can someone who is not even 100 years old say tht thi swater is 2.6 billion

    May 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Wootings

      Some people are smart. They can do things like design microchips, figure out how to transmit data via light through little plastic cords around the world, and put in screen in front of your face that will show you videos of cats doing silly things. They can also figure out how far away a star is, what the composition of an alien planet's atmosphere is, and some of them can even use the English language correctly.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
      • ajk68

        Some people know the cords are glass and not plastic.

        May 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
      • Jay

        Remember the world is flat. Don't sail near the edge.

        May 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • The Dude

      Some even learn to read and are not always asking stupid questions.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • claudia

      Just as scientists know how old a rock is, there must be a method to know how old that water is, so just because we do not know how to find out, it does not mean it is stupid. Think, and then exist

      May 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • z

      people are gullible. They take the word of anyone with a pH D.

      The use of carbon-14 dating is often misunderstood. Carbon-14 is mostly used to date once-living things (organic material). It cannot be used directly to date rocks; however, it can potentially be used to put time constraints on some inorganic material such as diamonds (diamonds could contain carbon-14). Because of the rapid rate of decay of 14C, it can only give dates in the thousands-of-year range and not millions.

      There are three different naturally occurring varieties (isotopes) of carbon: 12C, 13C, and 14C.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
      • Elmer

        "people are gullible. They take the word of anyone with a Bible" (fixed)

        Also... if as you claim, carbon dating places the dates down to the thousand, as opposed to the million, that makes it MORE accurate. That's like saying "I got the time down to the second", meaning, I am extremely accurate.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:24 am |
      • CJG

        C-dating only works with once living things because it measures the ratio of C12 to C14 after an organism has stopped taking in carbon (dies). All living organisms take in the same amounts of these atoms. C14 decays at a known rate. C12 doesn' decay.

        Because of the half life it is accurate up to about 60K years (I forget the lower limit). When something can't be dated using C14 scientists can move onto different isotopes.

        You can't use this sort of dating on things that never lived (like diamonds) for several reasons. First off, diamonds tend to be billions of years old, way off of the 60K upper limit for C14 dating. Secondly, they never "took in" carbon, so there is no way to read a ratio. The little bit of C14 found in diamonds is probably from nitrogen decay (it's a contaminant) or C13 taking on an extra electron.

        However, you can use C13 dating on diamonds (ratio of C12 to C13).

        May 16, 2013 at 9:00 am |
      • cedar rapids

        you know carbon-14 dating is just one dating method used right?

        May 16, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • Randall "texrat" Arnold

      What's stupid is someone who glosses over the article and then posts in ignorance.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:54 am |
      • Ben D Ober

        Ah, the wonders of bliss. πŸ™‚

        May 16, 2013 at 6:45 am |
  76. OldyMoldyWatery

    oh wow,this is REALLY going to help us.A billion year old water.....

    Said NO ONE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


    May 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Wootings

      ...and people say there's nothing wrong with the American education system.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
      • jkflipflop

        Just wait until the moronic "TL;DR" crowd starts making it into congress 0_o

        May 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • IslandAtheist


      May 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Randall "texrat" Arnold

      Do you feel better now?

      May 16, 2013 at 12:58 am |
  77. jav

    makes one think if there are mines on other planets ( that cotain water or possible signs of water) that might and i'm sure there water like waiting to be found. giving us ( all humans no matter race or color) more knowledge on the vast and forever expanding universe and helping us find new ways of living and expanding... After all its our human nature to explore.... to ask why and how does it work... with the touch of i want it and how can i get it bc its epic and baller lol ( last part was a joke enjoy everyone ^_^ )

    May 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  78. Eric

    Please don't say Moses used the same process to extract water from the rock.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Helder

      It sounds like a great idea for the "New new testament".

      May 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
  79. I-Spy

    I wonder if this tenured genius could give us an accurate weather forecast a month out?

    Never mind. At least he can tell us what happened 3.5bn years ago.

    Ain't entropy annoying.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • CJG

      As this genius isn't a meterologist, I doubt it's in his job description.

      May 16, 2013 at 9:03 am |
    • cedar rapids

      That passes as some form of logic for you does it i-spy?

      May 16, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • DougNJ

      Entropy isn't what it used to be.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  80. Josh

    "it is too salty to drink (it is a brine), and the gas .. is a mixture of methane, hydrogen, nitrogen and helium"

    Sounds perfect to allow life to form.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • B. cereus

      So, what is the magic solution for supporting life?

      May 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
      • J


        May 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
      • bob aussie

        J, you gave the right answer to the wrong question. 42 is not the answer to everything. Just to the ultimate question.

        May 16, 2013 at 2:43 am |
      • kc

        Actually, It is the answer to Life, Universe and Everything. What we don't know is the ultimate question itself...

        May 16, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  81. Jtron

    I can not, believe some of the comments on this article... Really? 10,000 years old? Really? It is no longer a wonder as to why we in a America score near the bottom of the list in almost every category of Education, English, Math, Science, social studies, History – Pretty soon, We are going look like a Third world country. Ridiculous...

    May 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • J

      We may not be smort, butt we mak the bestest bombs, fastest plaans, and the buggest boats.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • Ben D Ober

        I bet I can pee farther than you!

        May 16, 2013 at 6:48 am |
  82. Mr. Flibble

    ummmmm, Hasn't all water in the Earth been here for about 3.8-billion years?

    May 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Josh

      True, but this tells us what contaminants there were in the water, way back then. Obviously, it wasn't nice pure water.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Joe Smith

      No. "New" water is formed every time a hydrogen bearing compound is burned or oxidizes. 2H + O = H2O.

      May 16, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  83. Wobbles

    Let me know when they find the scotch to go with it.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • ideas1234

      Only a fool puts water in scotch.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
      • Jake Malone

        Only a fool drinks his Scotch without a wee bit of water...

        May 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
      • Rick

        Obviously we have somebody parroting a myth they heard another parroting. If you like good scotch, it gets water... always.

        May 16, 2013 at 12:44 am |
    • Wobbles

      @ whoever–I drink my whiskey neat but scotch needs a splash of water and a couple of ice cubes.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
      • Logicalgirl

        Well, an expedition to Antarctica recently found a few bottles of 102 year old Mackinlay buried at Shakelton's base. The company took a sample to recreate the recipe. Will that do?

        May 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  84. dave

    ahhh...the mother ship at last.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  85. Newt Gingrich

    No way! We all know the Earth is only 10,000 years old! The Bible is the only real truth!

    May 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • J-Man

      I doubt that Newt took the time to comment on this. However the statement is true. The premise of this article is a lie. Since God created the earth less than 10,000 years ago it is impossible for water to be older than that. The one exception for that is that the water was from another dimension (where God lives) and he put old water in those rocks. While unlikely, that is actually possible.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
      • I believe

        I also believe that Dorthy clicked her heals three times and was transported back to Kansas.. the Wizard of Oz told me so.

        May 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
      • Kes

        Which god are we talking about here? Personally, I suspect this water is probably the doing of Tefnut.

        May 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
      • CJG

        didnt god create the water before the land?

        Oh, and thanks for bringing the collective progress of the human mind to a halt. I'll appreciate that when creationist doctors try to cure cancer with praying.

        May 16, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • Anonymous

      Haha, you're a joke. Go away.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Really

      Yes as everyone knows the devil scattered dinosaur bones around to confuse us.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
      • jkflipflop

        . . . and he established half-lives in almost all materials that makes it look like these materials have been here for far longer. That tricky devil. Next you'll be telling me the sun DOESN'T come up in the morning due to Ra's will and the moon isn't actually the Goddess Luna moving through the sky. LOL what kind of moron would think the moon ISN'T a goddess? I mean really.

        May 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
      • Mary


        May 15, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
      • Dave

        Don't forget all the anthropologists, paleontologists and archaeologists that willing participate in the vast Satanic conspiracy that is science πŸ˜‰

        May 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • are122

      Hey Einstein, no where in the Bible does it speculate or say how old the earth is. Try reading, you may learn something.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • Jimmy Bob

      Amen to that brother. All them communistic, atheistic, liberals better stop readin them sayence books before I come after em with my guns. Fore they be tryin to take em away. Who care is if I have to kill em, they was goin to hell anyways and it will all be in the name of JESUS. And for all you darned foreign illegal immigrants in the country who don't know anything bout your rights this aint illegal cause the second amendment grants me the right to do whatever I feel like (Its a free country) and by 15th amendment to the Decleration of Independence I have the right to freedom of religion. Means that I have the right to force everyone to follow my religion so they can be free of sin. Here that guys and gals usin condoms so that you don't gets the HIV, your next.

      P.S. This was a joke. I know that it can sometimes be hard to tell because some people really are this ignorant.

      May 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
  86. Roscoe Chait

    "Life was established on Earth by 3.5 billion years ago (Earth itself is 4.56 billion years old)." Kind of makes us humans feel small and insignificant.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • J-Man

      I'm sorry Roscoe, life on earth is less than 10,000 years old. You know the story, "In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth. Then plants and animals and eventually man. Do you really believe that life has been around for 3.6 billion years? That thought is actually quite ignorant. It would be impossible to come up with a way to measure that.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
      • Coflyboy

        "in the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth..." Shortly after that God had a bunch of people write a book of self-serving misconceptions about Earth, nature and life for gullible morons to use a a manifest in am effort to extract huge amounts of money from them and provide an excuse to kill, maim and torture those not quite as naive.

        May 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
      • Buckeye Nut Schell

        It is absolutely impossible to tell the difference between snark and fundamentalism any more. I think that this person must be joking but then again, there are people that believe this 10,000 year-old earth stuff but it really must be a joke right?

        I have no problem understanding natural laws and physics but the mind of a fundamentalist baffles me.

        May 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
      • Don

        No. You're ignorant. There are many ways to measure the age of the water, and the earth. Everything from carbon dating to molecular structure. And the earth is a hell of a lot older than 10,000 years! Where do people come up with that number anyway? I don't recall anything in the Bible containing dates of "the beginning".

        May 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
      • Paul

        J-Man – Believing that the earth is 10,000 years old when ALL scientific evidence says otherwise is IGNORANT! If you truly believe this, then you should not pick and choose what aspects of science you want to believe and what you don't. This thing called the Internet and website you're posting on is all possible because of scientific just as the age of rocks can be determined by scientific methods such as carbon and radiometric dating.

        So feel free to live with your believe that the earth is only 10,000 years old, but if you do so you should live like an Amish person and choose to not indulge in any of the benefits science brings. No cars, planes, modern medicine etc. etc. etc.

        May 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
      • Colin in Florida

        You know, the bible has to be wrong-plants had to come first, otherwise there was nothing for man to eat. And since an apple tree does not bear fruit until it is at least 4-5 years old, the tree had to be created first. Thus, we have proven the bible wrong. Ok, now that that is over, let's move on to solving world peace, or is that whirled peas?

        May 16, 2013 at 12:37 am |
      • Randall "texrat" Arnold

        So much irony. So much stupidity. It hurts. Make it go away.

        May 16, 2013 at 1:00 am |
  87. Belseth

    "the gas instead of carbon dioxide is a mixture of methane, hydrogen, nitrogen and helium!"

    The gas mix alone screams primordial soup. Really intriguing. At first I assumed it a was a tiny amount found in a rock. Large pockets really does change the prospect of life surviving long term, perhaps billions of years in deep pockets. The acid test will be if ancient life can be found in the water.

    May 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  88. cpc65

    "and the gas instead of carbon dioxide is a mixture of methane, hydrogen, nitrogen and helium!"" – Bottoms up!

    May 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  89. steve

    Its called the Water Cycle people! Every drop of water on the planet has been here as long as this puddle...

    May 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • stopnthink

      You missed the entire point of the article. The water they found hasn't been recycled and put through the water cycle in 1.5-2.5 billion years.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • jmcalli

      Not exactly, steve. Water is readily transformed into its gaseous elements and also is created. The electrolysis of water releases hydrogen and oxygen and new water is formed by burning hydrocarbons. Water is one of the products coming out of the exhaust pipes of automobiles.

      The interesting feature of this article is that the water discovered has apparently been trapped for billions of years.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Anon

      Not entirely true. Many, many biological reactions create significant amounts of water.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
      • Don

        Yep. I just made a yellow river from a biological reaction.

        May 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  90. Jim

    Perhaps just a taste would be safe. I'm curious.

    May 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Tristan

      Its probably the cleanest water in the world. Id drink it hell yea! No human contaminants

      May 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
      • jkflipflop

        . . . no. It's among the most disgusting thing you would ever drink. Everytime water is evaporated and flys back up into the clouds it's getting purified. This stuff has been in the bottom of a cave leeching junk out of these rocks for nearly 3 billion years. Rainwater is 1000x cleaner than this stuff.

        May 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
  91. Anomic Office Drone

    Oh, come on scientists. It hasn't been THAT long since I cleaned out my refrigerator.

    May 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  92. Jan

    way cool! finally something interesting instead of that fake NASA stuff.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • MREmang

      Fake NASA stuff? LOL. I'm guessing you are in, what, 4th grade?

      May 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • cpc65

      As fake as your conception was.

      May 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Rick

      At 4:32-pm, you should be doing homework instead of using your Mommy's computer.

      May 16, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • Elmer

      Microwave ovens and memory-foam are certainly NASA myths.

      May 16, 2013 at 2:29 am |
    • marcohern

      Like that one NASA myth about a big rock floating around the world, and then have the nerve to say it's the Moon. I tell ya, those NASA dudes are full of it!

      May 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
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