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Fiery ‘airburst’ of superheated gasoline slammed into Antarctica 430,000 years in the past

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Roughly 430,000 years in the past, an incandescent ball of scorching gasoline got here barreling out of the sky and slammed into Antarctica — and now, scientists have discovered tiny bits of particles fashioned by that influence.

The crew scooped up the mineral particles from Walnumfjellet within the Sør Rondane Mountains of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, which is positioned south of Africa on the jap facet of the continent. Antarctica gives the proper setting to scout for meteorite remnants, attributable to its dry, frigid local weather and minimal human presence, first writer Matthias van Ginneken, a geoscientist who specializes within the examine of micrometeorites, or extraordinarily tiny meteorites the scale of mud particles, advised Dwell Science.

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