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Geologists search for Earth's earliest life forms in Nunavut

from Nunatsiaq Online

More than a billion years ago, a planet-changing volcanic eruption fossilized some of Earth's first organisms in lava flows stretching across North America's Arctic landmass. Now, a team of scientists returning from a canoe trip down the Coppermine River have collected a trove of rock samples which they think might put Canada's North on the map for preserving the remains of some of Earth's earliest life. "This is probably one of the biggest and one of the oldest [events] of its type," Geological Survey of Canada geologist, Robert Rainbird told Nunatsiaq News from his home in Wakefield, QC, a few days after returning from the western Arctic. more


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