Earth’s Water Older Than Moon

IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. PYLE.

IMAGE CREDIT: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. PYLE

Did Earth get its water from the late-stage accretion of comets? Or did it get it during the accretion process? If it was accreted, could Earth have kept its water after a giant Moon-forming impact? Using high-precision oxygen isotope measurements, a team led by Richard Greenwood from the Open University showed that lunar rocks and terrestrial basalts are statistically distinct. The results indicate that between 70 and 95% of Earth’s water was accreted before the giant, Moon-forming impact.

Oxygen isotopic evidence for accretion of Earth’s water before a high-energy Moon-forming giant impact

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