“The Water Paradox” –Present from Earth’s Birth in a Forbidding Region of the Solar System

"The Water Paradox" --Present from Earth's Birth in a Forbidding Region of the Solar System

 

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water, underscoring the fact that Earth is the only planet known to have liquid water on its surface –a fundamental characteristic when it comes to explaining the emergence of life. “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one,” said scientist and explorer, Jacques Cousteau. Which raises a fascinating question: was Earth’s water always present in the rocks that made up our planet, despite its formation in a region of the Solar System where temperatures were too high for water to condense and clump together with other solids as ice? Or, as some scientists have suggested, delivered later by asteroids and comets that bombarded the Earth?

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