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Isua Greenstone Belt Banded Iron Greenland [6.5 grams]

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The Isua Greenstone Belt Banded Iron Formation, a geological marvel, is home to some of the oldest rocks on Earth and is located in Southwest Greenland. Its significance in scientific research is not just limited to its incredible 3.7 Ga age. It recently gained additional notoriety when it was discovered to hold the record of Earth's earliest magnetic field. This finding has profound implications for our understanding of the early Earth's dynamics. Furthermore, it has also been linked to potentially containing the oldest life on Earth, a discovery that continues to captivate scientists and researchers alike, as it could provide crucial insights into the origin of life on our planet!

The Isua Greenstone Belt, a treasure trove of metamorphosed volcanic and sedimentary rocks, made significant scientific news in 2016. Scientists unearthed potential evidence of life in small carbon blobs, with the carbon isotopic compositions mirroring those of living materials. This finding, though still under intense debate, underscores the pivotal role of the Isua Greenstone Belt in advancing our understanding of life's origins. There is a fragile line between the biogenic and abiogenic world, and therein lies the crux. The search continues as the boundaries of our understanding of evolutionary mechanisms, pathways, and chemical processes continue to change.

The specimen size: 32mm H X 17mm W X 15mm D. Specimen weight: 6.5 grams. This specimen was legally obtained.

The photos are of the front and back, vertical and horizontal positions. This specimen is unique and showcases the distinct characteristics of this rare rock.

This Isua Banded Iron ships with a Certificate of Authenticity, tag, tag stand, and information about the Isua Greenstone Belt. The acrylic stand and photographic cube are not included. 

The Isua Greenstone Belt is a rare geological signpost in Earth's earliest history - that can elevate any serious geological collection! This is a unique opportunity to acquire a specimen of this very rare and geologically important rock.

This Isua Banded Iron ships with a Certificate of Authenticity, tag, tag stand and information about the Isua Greenstone Belt.