Read more about Material from Earth's formative years discovered on Business Standard. Scientists have found material in rock formations that dates back to shortly after the Earth formed, a discovery that may help understand the processes that shaped our planet over the last 4.5 billion years. Earth formed from the accretion of
"Young" rocks from gigantic volcanic eruptions are helping scientists peer back 4.5 billion years.
The Earth is between 4.5 billion and 4.6 billion years old, making the newly discovered 4.5-billion-year-old material some of the oldest Earth matter ever found.