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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Have Martian Fossils Been Obliterated by Meteorite Impacts ?

Have Martian Fossils Been Obliterated by Meteorite Impacts ?

Have signs of Martian life been obliterated by meteorite
blasts? Daily Mail, August 9, 2016
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3731884/Have-signs-Martian-life-obliterated-meteorite-blasts-Extreme-pressures-impact-wipe-organic-compounds-study-finds.html

Meteors might have wiped out evidence of life on
Mars in the places we’re looking by Josh Hrala
Science Alert, August 12, 2016
http://www.sciencealert.com/impact-craters-are-not-the-best-places-to-look-for-signs-of-life-on-mars-study-finds

Evidence of Martian life could be hard to find in
some meteorite blast sites, Imperial College London
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_8-8-2016-12-31-10
http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2016080815080028.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160808091250.htm

The paper is:

Montgomery, W., G. D. Bromiley, and M. A. Sephton.
2016, The nature of organic records in impact
excavated rocks on Mars. Scientific Reports.
Vol. 6, no. 30947 DOI: 10.1038/srep30947
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep30947

Another recent article about meteorite impacts is:

How Often do Meteorites Hit the Earth?
Space.com by Samantha Mathewson, August 10, 2016
http://www.space.com/33695-thousands-meteorites-litter-earth-unpredictable-collisions.html

Yours,

Paul H.

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