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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

A dark lump of rock found in the Moroccan desert in 2011 is a new type of Martian meteorite, say scientists.

Weighing 320g, the stone has been given the name Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034.

Its texture and chemistry set it apart from all previous objects picked up off the surface of Earth but known to originate on the Red Planet.

The researchers' analysis, reported online this week by Science magazine, shows the meteorite to be just over two billion years old.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-20900843

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

I wish I could find one of them.  We saw one fall one time and even with snow on the ground we couldn't find it.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

04/012013
2-billion-year-old. Martian meteorite found at Sahara water than any other
IN http://www.nature.co...om-mars-1.12145

AND ALSO

Mars Meteorite NWA 7034, 'Black Beauty', Is 'Missing Link' To Planet's Lost Oceans
IN [http://www.huffingto...ef=uk?ncid=GEP]

A meteorite from Mars has been found to contain 10 times as much water as other similar rocks from Mars...

Mars meteorite 'Black Beauty' contains most water of any found on Earth, say scientists
IN [http://www.guardian....ahara-analysis]

Scientists are excited about a coal-coloured rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert. A year-long analysis revealed it is quite different from other Martian meteorites: not only is it older than most, it also contains more water...

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

View PostHilander, on 03 January 2013 - 08:29 PM, said:

I wish I could find one of them.  We saw one fall one time and even with snow on the ground we couldn't find it.

It depends.


The first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Alabama, when a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim, Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, was sleeping on a couch at the time of impact. The space rock was a sulfide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring seven inches in length. Mrs. Hodges was not permanently injured but suffered a nasty bruise along her hip and leg.

Ancient Chinese records tell of people being injured or killed by falling meteorites, but the Sylacauga meteorite was the first modern record of this type of human injury. In 1911, a dog in Egypt was killed by the Nakhla meteorite.

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