UW Researcher Determines Age of Martian Meteorites

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UW Researcher Determines Age of Martian Meteorites (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
UW Researcher Determines Age of Martian Meteorites (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A researcher at the University of Wyoming and his team recently developed a technique to determine the age of Martian rocks that have fallen to Earth.

UW Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor, Kevin Chamberlain, says the technique also determined when a volcano erupted on Mars.

Chamberlain is one of seven co-writers of a research paper that was published in the current issue of the international weekly journal Nature. He says that many of the 65 samples of Martian meteorites on Earth were discovered in Antarctica or in Africa's Sahara Desert.

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A researcher at the University of Wyoming, Kevin Chamberlain, and his team recently developed a technique to determine the age of Martian rocks that have fallen to Earth. (Photo courtesy the University of Wyoming)