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Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt Canada [65 gm ~4.3 Ga]

Brand : Jensan Scientifics LLC

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The oldest known rocks on Earth are the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt, an exposed geological formation on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay, northern Quebec, Canada, ~ 4.3 Ga. This Greenstone Belt is unique beyond all the other Greenstone Belt rock formations because it has rocks called “faux amphibolites” and because it may contain some of the oldest early traces of life on our planet. This type of rock also suggests that a shallow ocean may have existed 300 million years after the Earth’s formation. 

The Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt beats in age some of the previously oldest known rocks from Canada, the Idiwhaa Tonalitic Gneiss (Acasta Gneiss) with an age of ~4.02 Ga.

The data from the findings about the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt gives researchers a new window into the early separation of Earth’s mantle from the crust during the Hadean Eon. The only older crustal material is from isolated mineral grains called zircons from the Jacks Hills in Australia. The zircons from this locality are the oldest minerals on Earth which can be as old as ~ 4.4 Ga.

Specimen size: 60mm L X 55mm W X 8mm D, Weight: 65 grams

Shipped in a perky box, tag, tag stand, information, and Certificate of Authenticity. The acrylic specimen base stand and photo cube are not included. Only a few of these rare specimens are left.

This specimen was legally obtained in a materials trade with a scientific institution.

Add this incredible rock from Earth's earliest "deep time" geology and make your geological collection great!

This scientific material is Guaranteed Authentic. It was professionally and legally collected and arrives with a Certificate of Authenticity.