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Harsh Climate Scoured Early Earth, Study Says
from National Geographic News
Earth's early atmosphere may have been highly corrosive to rocks, gradually dissolving away all but the toughest of minerals, a new study suggests.
The findings could explain a gap in Earth's geologic record that has puzzled scientists.
"It's possible that [the new study] answers the riddle," said Takayuki Ushikubo, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin, who led the study published online in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
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