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Colombian scientists discover meteorite fragments on Pacific island

On the island of Gorgonilla, just off Colombia’s Pacific coast, a group of scientists discovered fragments of the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

A meteor sailing through the night sky.
A meteor sailing through the night sky. Image by Ed Sweeney / CC BY 2.0

The meteorite’s remains, called spherulites, are part of the continental shelf material that makes up the Yucatan Peninsula. The spherulites are 2cm in diameter and resemble glass marbles. Lead geologist Herman Bermudez said the find is unique because of all the spots in the world where there is evidence of impact, they had never seen preservation such as this. Read more: laht.com