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Curtin University find 1.2 billion-year-old meteorite impact

A research team at Curtin University has discovered an extremely rare mineral in Scotland.

The 1.2 billion-year-old reidite only forms during meteorite impact events, allowing scientists to discover ancient events that have influenced Earth’s geological, geochemical and biological evolution.

The Institute for Geoscience Research at Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines used advanced mineral characterisation technologies to find the reidite. The mineral is more than double the age of the previous oldest known occurrence.

The findings allow scientists to identify early meteorite impact events, offering more insights into the history of the Earth.

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