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    Billion-Year-Old Water Gets Dismal Taste Reviews

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    Recently, geoscientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar taste tested some water than had been trapped deep inside Canadian rocks for a long, long time - between 1 and 2-and-a-half billion years to be more specific.

    Recently, geoscientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar taste tested some water than had been trapped deep inside Canadian rocks for a long, long time - between 1 and 2-and-a-half billion years to be more specific.

    It’s believed to be the oldest isolated water sample ever studied, so likely ever tasted, too.

    Her review fell somewhere between underwhelming and dismal.

    Lollar, author of the water study, said the liquid was, “saltier than seawater” and “terrible”. She also reported it was thick like a light syrup.

    Apparently it didn’t look very inviting, either. Of its appearance she offered, “It doesn't have color when it comes out, but as soon as it comes into contact with oxygen it turns an orangy color because the minerals in it begin to form -- especially the iron.”

    Considering that getting it out of its resting place was no easy task, it’s a good thing it has value beyond its drinkability.

    The discovery of the sample has inspired hope that ancient life is buried deep in the Earth. If it turns out it exists here, scientists believe that could also be the case on Mars.