In a new study, a research team from Lund University has found decisive evidence for meteorite theory. Namely, they have discovered a mineral called reidite that can only be created by the extreme pressures that occur during meteorite impacts.
Compared to atomic bombs
Reidite is formed at about 30 gigapascals.
– It is usually popular to compare with the number of atomic bombs. This force corresponds to up to thousands of atomic bombs, says Josefin Martell.
The researchers examined hair-thin parts of the mineral zircon in rock samples from Mien. It is inside these that scientists have managed to find traces of reidite, which acts as a kind of time capsule from the meteorite impact.
Josefin Martell hopes that the discovery can now put an end to the discussion about Mien’s origins.
– Hopefully the interest in these impact structures will also increase.
In the clip above, Josefin Martell tells more about the discovery.
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