Oldest piece of earth’s crust found

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A tiny piece of crystal has been found and it is believed to be the oldest piece of the Earth’s crust ever found.

The small gem has been shown to be 4.4 billion-year-old and is called a zircon crystal. These crystals  are already known to be the oldest material formed on Earth.

It is twice the width of a human hair and barely visible to the eye.

It was discovered on a sheep station in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia.

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison who research the piece believe that this new discovery may help explain more about the history of the Earth.

The Earth’s crust is a thin layer of rock that forms the outer layer of the Earth’s surface. It is a  little like the skin on an apple.

It’s thought the Earth took 600 million years to cool and form a crust when the Earth was formed around 4.6 billion years ago.

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