Remember a couple months ago when scientists discovered the oldest known water on earth, believed to be between 1-billion and 2.6-billion years old? Well now they've drank it, and from the sound of things it isn't going to win any blind taste tests between Pepsi and Coke. Per University of Toronto earth science professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar:
What is very, very old water like?
What jumps out at you first is the saltiness. 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 -- especially the iron.
So you've tasted it?
I have to admit I have tasted it from time to time. It tastes terrible. It is much saltier than seawater. You would definitely not want to drink this stuff.
We are interested in the saltiest waters because they are the oldest, and tasting is the quick-and-dirty way to find which are the most salty. I don't let the students do it, though.
Well, there go our plans of bottling it and selling it to rich people. Unless -- UNLESS -- we price it so high we never have to sell the same person twice to still get rich! I'm genius! "You are the opposite of genius. And why's your breath smell like shit?" I don't want to talk about it. "No, let's talk about it." I accidentally brushed my teeth with foot cream this morning. :(
Thanks to Bria, who prefers water with a nice million-year old vintage.