Scientist drinks water believed to 2.6 billion years old and explains what it tastes like
Would you drink bottled or a glass of water that has been left uncovered for weeks? Probably not.
Most people would drain it fearing contamination. But guess what, the same rule of contamination may not apply to water that's been sitting for millions of years.
We know that all water is recycled in some way or the other. But now, scientists have left the internet baffled by highlighting the simple difference between fresh and old water.
Back in 2013, a group of scientists discovered that the pockets of water in a Canadian mine was nearly 1.5 miles beneath the Earth's surface and left untouched and isolated for thousands of years.
The research revealed that the water in Timmins, Ontario was trapped in thin fissures amid a granite-like rock. After taking samples and studying the area, they were able to determine the water could be 2.6 billion years old. After that, the lead researcher of the study, Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar, did the unthinkable.
She tasted the water and the experience wasn't a pleasant
Describing the flavour of the liquid in an interview to LA Times, Lollar said she felt the saltiness of it before anything else.
She said the water was more viscous than tap water and had the consistency of a light maple syrup
"Because of the reactions between the water and the rock, it is extremely salty. It is more viscous than tap water. It has the consistency of a very light maple syrup. 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.