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It’s raining rocks and rocks

In Post-Apocalyptic, Surreal on February 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It’s not everyday you get rainfall worth 10 times the value of gold, but such was the case in Morocco last July 2011. A Martian meteorite shower descended upon Earth and delivered 15 pounds of Martian rocks, the largest one weighing over 2 pounds.

To give you a rough idea of how rare this occurrence is, the last time there was an untainted meteorite shower was in 1962 in Nigeria. It is known to happen only once every 50 years or so, and has only happened 5 times in human history. There are only 240 pounds of Martian Rock on Earth.

What is so particularly special about these rocks is that they fell fresh- meaning they did not have time to become tainted by earth minerals and other substances, giving us a purer view of solving the mystery of life on Mars.

They look pretty ordinary on screen but it is the story behind them that makes them interesting. Astronomers believe that millions of years ago, something huge smashed into Mars, sending pieces of Mars through space. Every 50 or so years, we are rewarded with these pieces as meteorite showers.

For the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2087964/Mars-meteorite-shower-Morocco-yields-15-pounds-rocks-10-times-valuable-gold.html

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