Gya


Gya

In astronomy, geology, and paleontology, Gya (for giga years ago) is often used as an unit of time to denote length of time before the present. Specifically, one Gya is equal to 109 years ago.

A unit identical to Gya is bya (for "billion years ago"), which may be in more widespread use. However, some scientists prefer Gya because it uses the SI prefix giga- and thus avoids confusion over whether the short-scale (American) billion (109) or long-scale (British) billion (1012) is meant, as well as avoiding preference for one of the two definitions of billion over the other.

In some scientific literature, the term Gya has been replaced by Ga (Giga-annum).

See also

* annum
* Before Present
* bya
* mya (unit)


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