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Early Earth - The First Billion Years
Lava flowing from Earth's partially molten interior spread over the Earth's surface and solidified to form a thin crust, the rain evaporating on contact with the hot ground. As the temperature dropped, the oceans formed. This would have been a deluge of truly global proportions.

Picture commissioned by Hylas Publishing

     
 
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