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Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt Canada [11283] 22 grams

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. This Greenstone Belt is unique beyond all the other Greenstone Belt rock formations not only because it has rocks called “faux amphibolites,” but also because it might contain some of the oldest early traces of life on our planet. The Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt beats in age some of the previously oldest known rocks from Canada, with an age date of 3770-4321 Ma.

The data from the findings about the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt give researchers a new window into the early separation of Earth’s mantle from the crust in the Hadean era.

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 and are about 4.36 billion years old.

This type of rock implies that a shallow ocean existed 300 million years after the Earth’s formation. It raises a puzzling question about bacteria and “bugs,” as they are thought to be needed to precipitate iron availability for forming this type of rock. The Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt may contain traces of the oldest life form, with an age date of about 3.77 Ga.

Specimen size: 45mm L X 33mm W X 15mm D, Weight: 22.2 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 ultra-rare specimens were 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.