Continental Crust Discovered in Australia

Roger Buick, geologist at the University of Sydney discovered a piece of continental crust, at Pilbara craton in northwestern Australia in 1995. It was radioactively dated to 3.5 billion years ago, almost a billion years older than previous estimates of continental formation.

      1995, 3.5 billion BCE
      Roger Buick
      Sydney, Australia

Additional Information:

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