Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Impact in Scotland Discovered

Researchers believe they have discovered the site where a crater may have hit the Scotland Isles some 1.2 billion years ago.

Unexplained rock formations in the area were previously thought to have been caused by volcanic activity, but the lack of a volcano puzzled investigators. Clinical analysis of some of the surrounding rock discovered the presence of the element, iridium, most often associated with extra-terrestrial activity. While collecting the evidence was an arduous and time-consuming task, researchers eventually came to the conclusion that the all the baffling evidence could mean only one thing: the British Isles had been struck by a meteorite a little over a billion years ago.

The only other impact site in the area lay beneath the sea and many question its origins.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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