So far, life as we know it has needed one ingredient to survive: water. This primordial and basic compound is essential for life on this planet, and a new study shows it is most likely very abundant in the Universe.
Ilse Cleeves and Ted Bergin at the University of Michigan wanted to understand the true origin of water on our planet. There are two different theories on this topic:
1.) Molecules on ice comets collided into the Earth and volcanoes on the (then barren) planet Earth all added to one another to give rise to new terrestrial oceans.
2.) Water originated before the solar system which then inherited it.Continue Reading