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Tiny zircon crystals clue to volcanic super-eruptions

Australia could have been home to some of Earth's largest ever volcanic eruptions more than 100 million years ago.
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Oldest Piece Of Earth Ever Found

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It’s a 4.4 billion year-old zircon crystal. Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have shown that a tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep ranch in western Australia dates back to 4.4 billion years ago. “This is th...

Crystal found in Australia confirmed as oldest known piece of the Earth

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At 4.4 billion years old, a tiny zircon crystal about twice the size of a human hair is the oldest known piece of the Earth’s crust. Found on a sheep ranch in western Australia over a dozen years ago, the findings about the speck su...

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Tiny zircons suggest life on Earth started earlier than we thought, UCLA researchers say

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