The Science Report
by Stuart Gary
Rare meteorite points to volcanism in early solar system
I’ve just written a story for ABC Science about a new study showing that volcanic activity was present on small asteroids in the first few million years after the solar system’s birth.
Scientists found rocks were being produced by volcanism on small asteroids just six-and-a-half million years after the formation of the first solid material in the solar system
The results are based on an analysis of one of the most unique meteorites ever found.
The Almahata Sitta meteorite is a collection of 600 samples that originated from asteroid 2008 TC3, which was the first asteroid to be tracked in space before it exploded above the Nubian Desert.
It belongs to a rare class of meteorites known as ureiltes, which contain a mixture of minerals usually found on a variety of different asteroids.
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