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Found the place of the fall of one of the largest meteorites

In 2008, researchers from Oxford andAberdeen universities found traces of a meteorite in the north-west of Scotland, but the crater formed after the impact was found only now. The area between the mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides turned out to be the place of the fall - billions of years have passed since then, and the crater was hidden under various sediments at a depth of 200 meters. Researchers believe that the fallen meteorite had a record-wide kilometer-wide for Britain.

As mentioned above, signs of falling meteoritewere discovered in 2008. During an expedition to the Scottish Highlands, Oxford University professor Ken Amor and his students decided to explore the mysterious stone formation called the Stac Fada Member. Together with the red sandstone, they found quartz crystals and particles of platinum and palladium - this was the reason to believe that somewhere near this area a meteorite fell.

The largest meteorite in Britain

After eight years of searching, the exact place of the fallit was finally established - it happened near the Scottish city of Ullapool, at the bottom of the North Mynch Strait. The search duration is explained by the fact that meteorites that fell billions of years ago left behind huge craters that quickly collapsed. This discovery is exceptional - mankind is very fortunate that the blow fell on the terrain, where the sediment quickly covered the excavation and kept it to this day.

A large number of rocks that have savedcrater, due to past location and condition of the Scottish land. Billions of years ago, it was located quite close to the equator and resembled a desert — at the time of the fall of a meteorite, most animals and plants lived under water and did not have time to evolve. The planet Earth itself at that time especially suffered from falling fragments of asteroids and comets.

How often do meteorites fall?

At the moment, the fall of meteorites occur inon average once every 25 years, and at the same time their width does not exceed several meters. The frequency of falls of kilometer objects cannot be accurately calculated, because the evidence of their falls has already been erased from the face of the planet under the influence of time.

In 2019, scientists made another unique discovery on the surface of the Earth — fragments of a comet were discovered inside a fallen meteorite. How this could happen, you can read in our material.

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