Prehistoric Earth, artwork

Prehistoric Earth, artwork

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Credit: WALTER MYERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Prehistoric Earth. Computer artwork showing how the surface of the Earth may have appeared beneath its clouds about 500 million years after its birth, during a period known as the Hadean eon. Massive volcanoes and lava fields still dominate the landscape. In a few million years rain will begin falling, further cooling the crust. In about another 200 million years the first living microbes will call the Earth home.

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