In 2008, researchers from Oxford and Aberdeen universities found in North-West Scotland, traces of a meteorite, however, formed after the impact crater was found just now. The crash site was the area between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides Islands — it’s been billions of years and the crater was hidden under the various deposits in the 200-metre water depth. Researchers believe that a meteor had a record for Britain km wide.
As mentioned above, signs of a meteorite was discovered in 2008. During an expedition in the Scottish Highlands, Oxford University Professor Ken Amor and his students decided to explore the mysterious rock formation called the Stac Fada Member. Together with the red Sandstone, they found crystals of quartz and particles of platinum and palladium, and this was the reason to assume that somewhere nearby there was a falling meteorite.
The largest meteorite in Britain
After eight years of searching, the exact location of the fall was finally installed — it happened near the Scottish town of Ullapool, on the bottom of the Strait of the North Minch. The duration of the search due to the fact that fell billions of years ago, a meteorite left a huge crater which quickly collapsed. This discovery is exceptional — humanity was very lucky that the blow fell on the area where the sediment quickly covered the recess and retained to the present day.
A large number of breeds that have saved the crater, due to the previous location and condition of the Scottish land. Billions of years ago it was located quite close to the equator and was like a desert — in the days of the meteorite fall most of the animals and plants lived under water and did not have time to evolve. The planet Earth itself at the time, especially suffered from falling fragments of asteroids and comets.
How often do meteorites fall?
At the moment the meteorite falls occur on average once every 25 years, while their width does not exceed several meters. The frequency drops kilometer objects to calculate accurately is impossible, because evidence of their drops already erased from the face of the planet under the influence of time.
In 2019, scientists have made another unique discovery at the Earth’s surface — inside a fallen meteorite were found fragments of the comet. How could this happen, you can read in our material.
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