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Researchers find meteorites in Antarctica

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Spectacular discovery

Researchers recover spectacular meteorite from Antarctica

A researcher from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), together with scientists from Belgium and the USA, has found a rare large meteorite in Antarctica. The stone, weighing 7.6 kilograms, is of great importance for research.

Published: 3:01 p.m


Updated: 3:02 p.m

Meteorites are clearly visible on the white snow in Antarctica.

“The fact that you find a meteorite that is more than the size of a fist is extraordinary,” said ETH geologist Maria Schönbächler in an interview with the Keystone-SDA news agency. She was part of the Antarctic mission. Most of the meteorites found weigh only about 20 grams.

“Meteorites are used for exploring planets,” said Schönbächler. Because the number of meteorites available for research is extremely limited. In Switzerland, for example, only eleven meteorites have been found since 2018. “7.6 kilograms more for analysis is therefore a lot,” explained Schönbächler.

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