Turkish Scientist Collects Thousands of Micrometeorites to Give Information on the Formation of the Solar System


Mehmet greenstone from Turkish scientists who work in Antarctica, returned to Turkey 10 thousand mikrometeoritl collected from the icy continent. Yeşiltaş announced that new information about the formation of the Solar System and its phases can be reached with the collected micrometeorites.

Turkish scientists continue their work in Antarctica with the 4th National Antarctic Science Expedition. Scientists in the 4th National Antarctic Science Expedition are using the science bases of these countries through bilateral agreements with countries such as Belgium and Poland.

Within the scope of the 4th National Antarctic Science Expedition, Doctor Lecturer Mehmet Yeşiltaş from Kırklareli University Faculty of Aviation and Space Sciences, together with scientists from Belgium and Japan, conducted meteorite search in Antarctica.

Yeşiltaş explained that they searched in an area where the temperature dropped down to -45 degrees with the effect of strong winds at an altitude of 3,100 meters, and that they collected 66 meteorites, among them rare meteorites, with a total weight of 8 kilograms. Yeşiltaş said that the collected meteorites came from asteroids from the Mars and Jupiter regions.

Mehmet Yeşiltaş explained that the meteorites they collected included carbon meteorites. Carbon meteorites, a rare type of meteorite, offer a content rich in organic molecules. Yeşiltaş explained that they will primarily investigate how organic molecules occur in space conditions.

Yeşiltaş announced that they collected more than 10 thousand micrometeorites in the mountains in East Antarctica. Saying that micrometeorites are meteorite powders of maximum 2 millimeters, Yeşiltaş added that they differ from meteorites. These differences of micrometeorites can provide information about the formation and phases of the Solar System.

Turkish scientist Mehmet Yeşiltaş said that they thought they had been accumulating in the region for 2-3 million years, considering the number of micrometeorites collected, the depth they collected and the region. But the age of micrometeorites will clearly emerge after age tests.

Mehmet describing the results of the analysis will then be shared with the scientific publication are made on Mikrometeroit Greenstone, an increased awareness toward the meteorite study in Turkey, he added. Yeşiltaş said that the 2nd Meteroid Research Workshop will take place this year and details of the workshop will be announced by the Meteorite Working Group.


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