29-06-2017 02:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
A rare 4.5 billion year old meteorite that struck the earth
Meteorites are very hard to find and they are even more difficult to distinguish from other rocks as they look very similar to ordinary ones and can land anywhere.
In January this year, a one-pound meteorite hit a shed in Netherlands and was discovered by residents who were picking through the damage.
The rock was being studied by the scientists at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden. After months of study and research, they have finally identified it as an L6 chrondite, which is an ordinary meteorite found on Earth. It probably landed on earth from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and is 4.5 billion years old, or around the same age as the Earth itself, said the scientists.
The meteorite is only the sixth found in the country in the last 200 years, which is why the scientists are very excited about the discovery.
Leo Kriegsman, a geologist stated that the meteorite might be able to explain what happened in the beginning of the solar system when there was a stellar cloud that collapsed and minerals started to form when planetoids started to form for the very first time.
Kriegsman also said that this meteorite is older than any rock currently existing on earth.
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