About four billion years ago - Daws Tart

Daws Tart swirled crazily in super-heated water near hot lava oozing from a fissure at the bottom of a three-mile-deep ocean. The temperature was over eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but the water could not boil because of the extreme pressure.

In the vast emptiness of space, only the rarest of conditions exist where water can endure in a liquid state. One of those locations existed on the third planet from a minor star on the outskirts of an average galaxy. Eventually the planet would be called Earth. Without water, what happened on this day could not have happened. This story could not be told.

The water around Daws was full of complicated chains of similar molecules. The atomic building blocks for these molecules were exuded with lava from tens of thousands of miles of fissures on the bottoms of oceans all over the earth.

Above the oceans, the atmosphere consisted of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, toxic gases, and water vapor. Earth’s surface was regularly bombarded by meteors and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Perhaps it was inevitable, or perhaps it was just a freak accident. In a highly creative moment, a molecule similar to Daws was violently thrown from the surface of the lava. The two molecules smashed together and joined, forming a larger molecule different from any molecule on Earth. This new molecule began a series of actions so fantastic they would eventually change everything on Earth, impact the moon, and perhaps change the entire universe.

Shortly after the impact, the molecule split into two identical halves. In the energy-rich molecular soup, each half sifted through the smaller molecules and atoms and began to rebuild. In a short time, two molecules identical to Daws were formed.

The new molecules spread all along the volcanic fissures. Some did not split at all the right bonds, and most of those lost the ability to duplicate. However, in some cases, the mistake improved the molecule’s ability to split and rebuild. Eventually, the improved molecules began to replace the earlier ones. A new world was underway.

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