The Earth may have had an oxygen-rich atmosphere as long ago as three billion years and possibly even earlier, three leading geologists have claimed. Their theory challenges long-held ideas about when the Earth’s atmosphere became enriched with oxygen, and pushes the likely date for formation of an atmosphere resembling today’s far back into the early history of the planet.
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