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Newly discovered volcanic rock minerals may offer new insights into earth's evolution


November 2, 2017

Scientists have found evidence showing that komatiites, or three-billion-year old volcanic rock found within the Earth's mantle, had a different composition than modern ones. Their discovery may offer new information about the first one billion years of Earth's development and early origins of life. Results of the team's work has been published in the October 2017 edition of Nature Geoscience. Full Story

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