What Does 2.6-Billion-Year-Old Water Taste Like?A scientist who has studied the ancient water admitted to sampling it
Ancient water has been discovered deep below the Earth in Ontario, Canada. (Photo: J Telling)
Last month, we reported that researchers exploring mines about two miles below Earth's surface discovered pockets of water up to 2.6 billion years old. Trapped between rocks under Ontario, Canada, the undisturbed fluids were the oldest ever found on Earth - by far.
"It was absolutely mind-blowing," geoscientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar said. "These weren't tens of millions of years old like we might have expected, or even hundreds of millions of years old. They were billions of years old."
So what, you might ask, does billion-year-old water taste like?
Sherwood Lollar admitted to sampling it.
"It tastes terrible," she told the Los Angeles Times. "It is much saltier than seawater. You would definitely not want to drink this stuff."
Oddly, she said, "It is more viscous than tap water. It has the consistency of a very light maple syrup."
It makes tap water sound downright delicious.
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