The site of the largest meteorite that hit the British Isles was eventually discovered in a remote part of the Scottish coast, 11 years after scientists first came up with evidence of the massive collision.
A team A group of researchers from the Institute of Earth Sciences at Oxford University located the crater about 20 kilometers west of the Scottish coast, where the feature was hidden beneath water and rocks that have helped to preserve it over the years. Scientists have published their findings today (June 9) in the Journal of the Geological Society .
"The material excavated during a huge meteor impact is rarely conserved on Earth as it erodes quickly," said Ken Amor, study director and researcher at the Department of Earth Science, Oxford University, in a statement . "So that's a really exciting discovery."
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"It would have been quite a spectacle if this big meteorite hit a barren landscape and scattered dust and stone debris across a wide area," Amon said.
Evidence of the collision was discovered in In 2008, scientists found large traces of iridium, a chemical found in high concentrations in meteorites in a rock stratum near the northern city of Ullapool.
Originally it was believed that the rocks were due to a volcanic eruption, but further analysis of their composition led the scientists to their earthly origins.