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Much of what we know about how our Solar System formed comes from chondrites - primitive meteorites that are over 4.5 billion years old. Chondrites show widespread evidence that they have interacted with water, which is essential for life. However, the timescales of water-rock interactions and the role of water in the formation of planets and asteroids are uncertain. Recent research by Dr. Kathryn Dyl, a recent arrival to Curtin University, and her collaborators has shown that a chondritic meteorite recovered by the Spanish fireball network has interacted with water over 1-10 years, which is a much shorter timescale than previously thought. The findings are reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She hopes to continue this work at Curtin and is currently working on similar meteorites tracked and collected with the Desert Fireball Network (a project being developed by Professor Phil Bland and colleagues). View ABC Science article
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