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Searching the cosmos from ancient lands

CSIRO's ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, 2010. Image Credit: CSIRO.

Australian partners on the Square Kilometre Array marry science with the world’s oldest continuing civilisation

Among rust-red sand dunes in one of the most remote corners of the Australian outback, something out of this world is happening.

Murchison, Western Australia, is located on ancient land. It is home to the Yarrabubba crater, which at 2.2 billion years of age is the oldest confirmed impact site on the planet. It’s also where geologists discovered the world’s most ancient rocks: zircon crystals estimated to be 4.4bn years old. 

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