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A piece of an ice core with silt and sand embedded within.

A piece of an ice core with silt and sand embedded within.

Paul Bierman, University of Vermont

'Prehuman' Soil Discovered Inside an Ice Core

Soil that dates back to before human existence has been unearthed, LiveScience reports. Drilling more than 3 kilometers into the Greenland Ice Sheet, researchers from the University of Vermont were surprised to find 2.7-million-year-old sand frozen within an ice core. The findings, published online this week in Science, suggest the ice sheet has been around for a lot longer than previously thought, and that it endured through multiple periods of global warming in the past.

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