Meteorite Sahara Desert | Meteorite found in Africa’s Sahara Desert is 4.6 billion years older, predating Earth’s existence
Meteorite found in the Sahara Desert older than the existence of the earth. | Photo credit: Twitter
In 2020, a meteorite landed in the Sahara Desert in Africa. Now it has been established that it ages around 4.6 billion years and predates the existence of the solar system.
It is called ‘Erg Chech 002’, from the name of the site in Algeria. It was discovered in May 2020 near Bir Ben Takoul in southern Algeria, in the Erg Chech sand sea.
The team responsible for these discoveries was led by Jean-Alix Barrat from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in France. As cited by various reports, the team speculates that the astronomical body would have been destroyed or would have been absorbed by planets larger in comparison as they approached the sun.
The EC002 is essentially an artifact of a protoplanet, which is a large body of matter orbiting the sun or any other star and is known to be present during the development of the planet. The texture of it is said to be coarse and “grained, beige and beige”. They are also made up of green, yellow-green, and yellow-brown crystals. Also, they are formed from molten magma or rock, which makes them igneous in nature.
According to the team, the magma that formed this rock was around 1,220 ° C and it took around 1,000,000 years to cool.
As this volcanic rock is said to be before the arrival of the earth, what makes this find rare is the fact that any other similar body that was from that time will no longer exist now as they may have become a planet at any given time. .