Water-rich Mars Meteorite

Ancient Water-rich Meteorite Linked to Martian Crust - UNM Today | The University of New Mexico

Researchers at the University of New Mexico have analyzed a Martian meteorite found in the Saharan Desert in 2011.

“This mete­orite is unlike any­thing I’ve ever seen before,” said Agee, who is also a pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Earth and Plan­e­tary Sci­ences at UNM and an expert in the field who has spent much of his career study­ing mete­orites. “It’s a com­pletely new type of Mar­t­ian mete­orite. It has every­thing in its com­po­si­tion that you’d want in order to fur­ther our under­stand­ing of the Red Planet. This unique Mar­t­ian mete­orite tells us what vol­can­ism was like 2 bil­lion years ago, but it also gives us a glimpse of ancient sur­face and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions on Mars that no other mete­orite has offered.”

Read more at the University of New Mexico.