A research team from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has studied the evolution of the red planet's topography by analyzing an early Martian meteorite. Scientists have discovered the earliest known red planetary meteorite that occurred about 4.4 billion years ago
This meteorite, known as Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, is in the category of a breccia, meaning that it consists of many different rocks the crust that has long been mixed back and sintered. It is said that this is the only specimen of the red planet that has a composition that represents the average Earth's crust of the planet. The researchers involved in the study received unique evidence of the oldest crust of the red planet.
In the study, the research team used several radioisotopic dating methods on the meteorite. The researchers concluded that the gap between the densely smoothed Southern Highlands of the Red Planet and the smoother Northern Lowlands had developed well before the development of the NWA 7034. These observations of the new study were published on August 23 in the journal Science Advances] May.
The lead author of the study, Bill Cassata, a cosmochemist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said in a statement, "If the Martian Crust dichotomy formed and available as a result of a huge impact data and modeling suggest that this is likely the history of NWA 7034 requires that it formed very early in the history of the planet 4.4 billion years ago. "[1
Co-author of the study, Caroline Smith, head of the Geosciences Collections, said: "This multidisciplinary study, which combines both traditional and innovative geochemical techniques, has given us some exciting new insights into the time-critical processes, which coined the young Mars. "
Lead author Cassata emphasized the importance of the study:" This study shows that several radioisotopic dating systems that are reset by various metamorphic processes can be used to probe the thermal history of a sample over billions of Years to work out. "