16 September 2015

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 16SEP2015

Expert says meteor could wipe out Earth next week despite Nasa's claim we're safe
As a plethora of horrors are expected to rain down and ravage the planet including meteor strikes, earthquakes, tsunamis and even as some suggest a ...

Scientists Use Lasers to Simulate Shock Effects of Meteorite Impact on SilicaSLAC Study Reveals its Unexpectedly Fast Transformation into a Compressed Form
Stanford University-September 14, 2015
Scientists used high-power laser beams at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simulate the shock effects of a meteorite impact in silica, one of the most abundant materials in the Earth's crust. They observed, for the first time, its shockingly fast transformation into the mineral stishovite - a rare, extremely hard and dense form of silica. ...

1.2 billion-year-old 'meteorite mineral' found in Scotland
BBC News
September 3, 2015
The earliest known occurrence of one of Earth's rarest minerals has been found in Scotland, scientists have said. The 1.2 billion-year-old reidite was found in rock samples taken from the Stac Fada Member, a large geological area in the north west Highlands. Reidite is only known to form in nature during meteorite impact events. ...

Evidence that Earth's first mass extinction was caused by critters, not catastrophe
by David Salisbury -Vanberbilt University- Sep. 2, 2015
In the popular mind, mass extinctions are associated with catastrophic events, like giant meteorite impacts and volcanic super-eruptions. But the world's first known mass extinction, which took place about 540 million years ago, now appears to have had a more subtle cause: evolution itself. ...

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