We found the crash site of one of the largest meteorites
In 2008, researchers from Oxford and Aberdeen universities found in the north-west of Scotland traces of a meteorite, but formed after the impact crater has been found until now. The place turned out to be the fall area between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides - since billions of years have passed, and the crater was hidden under various deposits on the 200-meter water depth. Researchers believe that a fallen meteorite had a record for Britain kilometer wide.
As mentioned above, the signs of a meteorite was discovered in 2008. During the expedition to the Scottish Highlands, Oxford University professor Ken Amor and his students decided to study the mysterious rock formations called Stac Fada Member. Along with the red sandstone, they found crystals of quartz and particles of platinum and palladium - this was the reason to believe that somewhere in the vicinity of the area there was a falling meteorite.
The largest meteorite in Britain
After eight years of searching, the exact crash site was finally found - it was near the Scottish city of Ullapool, on the bottom of the Strait The Minch. The duration of the search due to the fact that fallen meteorites billions of years ago left behind a huge crater, which are rapidly destroyed. This discovery is also exceptional - mankind is very lucky that the blow fell on the area where the cake was quickly covered the recess and retained to the present day. A large number of rocks that protected the crater is due to the previous location and the state of the Scottish land. Billions of years ago, it was located quite close to the Equator, and resembled the desert - in the time of fall of the meteorite, most animals and plants live under water and has not had time to evolve. The planet Earth while particularly affected by falling fragments of asteroids and comets.
How often meteorites fall?
At the moment, meteorite falls occur on average once every 25 years, while their width does not exceed a few meters. Frequency falls kilometer objects can not be calculated exactly, because the evidence of their fall has wiped off the face of the planet under the influence of time.
In 2019, scientists have made another unique discovery on the Earth's surface - in a fallen meteorite fragments of comets have been discovered. How could this happen, you can read in our material.
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